Law Speeds Business Licenses

July 27, 2004
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LANSING — Gov. Jennifer Granholm yesterday signed into a law a measure speeding up the issuance of licenses for new businesses as well as operational permits for current job providers.

Public Act 274 of 2004 is part of the House Republicans' Job Opportunities for Business Success (JOBS) plan for revitalizing the state's economy.

The measure:

  • Implements a deadline of six months or less for issuing permits or licenses.

  • Requires the state to notify applicants within 10 days if an application is incomplete and requires additional information.

  • Allows for a permit refund, plus a 15 percent discount on the fee in the following year, if a deadline is not met by the departments.

  • Requires reports to legislative committees to ensure the new law is working.

"As a state, we need to do everything in our power to stimulate job growth and streamline the licensing procedures in Michigan," said Rep. David Farhat, R-Fruitport, who introduced the legislation. "Muskegon County has dedicated job providers that have encountered unnecessary delays in getting their licenses issued and I am pleased the governor signed this important legislation."

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