(AREA) — State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township welcomed a local contractor to testify in support of a three-bill legislative package to reform licensing requirements for plumbers, electricians and mechanical contractors. Lauwers was joined before the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development by Daniel Squires, a resident of Marysville and local contractor in Port Huron. Squires offered his opinion on the bills, which are designed to remove regulatory burdens that cost homeowners money to pay for work that currently requires multiple contractors to complete. Representative Lauwers is sponsoring House Bill 5435, which reforms the licensure required for installing water heaters in homes. House Bills 5436 and 5437 also deal with licensing and experience required to obtain licenses. Lauwers says these are common-sense reforms that remove trade restrictions that end up costing homeowners money because they must have two different licensed tradesmen for a simple water heater replacement. The bills continue to be considered by the committee.
PICTURED: State Representative Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township (center), listens as Daniel Squires testifies before the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development.