ASSE’s Michigan Members Continue Opposition to Sanitarian Licensure Substitute Bill
Following opposition from ASSE and others, the House sponsor of a Michigan bill (HB 6205) to license sanitarians offered a last-minute Substitute that quickly passed the Michigan House on November 10. ASSE opposed the original bill because it would have required a sanitarian license to do occupational safety and health and environmental health. The Substitute provides a carve-out for safety and health practitioners, but the definitions are still overly broad and threaten environmental practitioners’ ability to practice. The bill also would define occupational safety and health practice over our members’ objections. In response, ASSE’s members in Michigan have written a letter told the Senate sponsor of the companion bill (SB 1407) of their continued objections to this legislation.