ASSE Legislative Alert: Michigan Sanitarian Licensing Bills Threaten SH&E Practice
To ASSE Michigan Members –
Legislation (SB 1407/HB 6205)has been introduced in Michigan to license sanitarians that would result, as now written, in giving sanitarians the exclusive right to practice what the bill terms “environmental health” and keep others from practicing such work. The definitions are so broadly written in the bill that sanitarians would be given the exclusive right over practice areas like occupational safety and health, environmental epidemiology, solid and hazardous waste, hazardous materials, radiation protection, air quality and noise, and emergency planning, not to mention pest control. No doubt if allowed to pass into law this measure would keep our members and other SH&E professionals members from doing their work. Whether the sanitarians intended for this result or not, the bill still presents a threat to safety, health and environmental practice in Michigan. The Senate version of the bill is available here.
On Friday, July 30, a conference call was held to discuss how ASSE members in Michigan want to respond to this legislation. Each Michigan ASSE chapter was represented – Drake Drobnick from Greater Detroit, Steve Monet from Lansing, and Linda Hudson from Western Michigan. Pat Fisher, Region 5 ARVP for Government Affairs also participated. The conclusion of the call was that
If needed, we will send out legislative alerts asking you to contact the sponsors of the bill, but in case you want to contact them now, I’ve included their emails below. A simply message expressing your opposition as the following would be more than enough:
SB 1407’s sponsors are Senator Jason Edward Allen from the Charlevoix, Grand Traverse to Mackinac area at email@example.com and Sen. Nofs from Calhoun and Jackson Counties at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HB 6205’s main sponsor is Representative Woodrow Stanley from Genesee County at email@example.com
You can find your own Michigan state senator or representative at http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(oan1t0f0c53iko55zy3h5w45))/mileg.aspx?page=SponsorSearch
Also, please share this email with your employer, whose government affairs staff and Michigan business group should be interested in opposing this licensure effort. Other environmental and safety and health practitioners or groups should also be concerned.
If you have any questions, please be sure to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847/768-3406.
Dave Heidorn, JD
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