HOUSE BILL NO. 4989

September 14, 2023, Introduced by Reps. Martus and Witwer and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

A bill to amend 2000 PA 92, entitled

"Food law,"

by amending sections 3119, 4103, and 4117 (MCL 289.3119, 289.4103, and 289.4117), sections 3119 and 4103 as amended by 2018 PA 92 and section 4117 as amended by 2012 PA 178.

the people of the state of michigan enact:


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Sec. 3119. (1) Until December 31, 2023, and except as otherwise provided for in subsection (2), upon On submission of an application, an applicant for a food service establishment license shall pay to the local health department having jurisdiction the required fees authorized by section 2444 of the public health code,


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MCL 333.2444, and an additional state license fee as follows:

(a) Temporary food service establishment............

$

4.00.

(b) Food service establishment......................

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25.00.

(c) Mobile food establishment commissary............

$

25.00.

(d) Special transitory Transitory food unit....................

$

39.00.

(2) When licensing a special transitory food unit, a local health department shall impose a fee of $150.00, which includes the additional state license fee imposed under subsection (1) unless exempted under subsection (4) or (5).

(2) (3) The state license fee required under subsection (1) must be collected by the local health department at the time the license application is submitted. The state license fee is due and payable by the local health department to the state within 60 days after the fee is collected.

(3) (4) A charitable, religious, fraternal, service, civic, or other nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 501, is exempt from paying additional state license fees imposed under this section. This subsection does not restrict the ability of the governing board of a local health department or authority to fix, revoke, or amend fees as further authorized and described under section 2444 of the public health code, MCL 333.2444. An organization seeking an exemption under this subsection shall furnish to the department or a local health department evidence of its tax-exempt status.

(4) (5) A veteran who has a waiver of a license fee under the circumstances described in 1921 PA 359, MCL 35.441 to 35.443, is exempt from paying the fees prescribed in this section.


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(5) (6) The local health department shall forward the license applications to the department with appropriate recommendations.

(6) Beginning October 1, 2023, and by October 1 each year thereafter, the department may increase the fees described in subsection (1) by an amount determined by multiplying the fee in effect during the immediately preceding fiscal year by the inflation adjustment factor, and rounding to the nearest whole dollar. The inflation adjustment factor used under this subsection is equal to the 3-year average July-June Consumer Price Index for the current fiscal year divided by the 3-year average July-June Consumer Price Index for the immediately preceding fiscal year, as determined by the department of treasury using the Detroit Consumer Price Index. An inflation adjustment factor used under this subsection must not be less than $1.00. As used in this subsection, "Detroit Consumer Price Index" means the most comprehensive index of consumer prices available for the Detroit area from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor.

Sec. 4103. (1) An applicant shall submit an application for a food establishment license at least 30 calendar days before the date planned for its opening or the change of ownership. For temporary food establishments applying less than 4 days from opening, the director may charge twice the applicable license fee to perform the licensing evaluation.

(2) Application An application for the a license under subsection (1) must be submitted upon the on forms approved by the department and must contain the reasonable information required by the department to process the application.

(3) An application for a mobile food establishment license must include all of the following information:


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(a) The location and dates of the operation.

(b) The name and address of the commissary that will service the applicant.

(4) Within 10 days after a change in the servicing commissary, the mobile food establishment licensee shall submit an affidavit containing the name and address of the new commissary servicing the licensee.

(5) The local health department shall forward license recommendations to the department. Section 3119(6) 3119(5) does not apply.

(6) The director may issue a temporary food establishment license. The director, pursuant to in accordance with uniformly applied department guidance, may decline to issue multiple temporary food establishment licenses for the same establishment within a given calendar year.

Sec. 4117. (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3), money collected under this chapter by the department shall must be credited to the dairy and food safety fund that is created as a restricted fund within the state treasury. The state treasurer may receive money or other assets, from appropriations or from any other source, for deposit into the fund. The state treasurer shall direct the investment of the fund. The money in the fund shall does not lapse to the general fund at the end of the fiscal year and shall carry carries over to the following fiscal years. The state treasurer shall credit to the fund interest and earnings from fund investments. The department shall administer the fund and shall expend money from the fund for the purpose of administering this act and enforcing the provisions of this act, the grade A milk law of 2001, 2001 PA 266, MCL 288.471 to 288.540, and the manufacturing


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milk law of 2001, 2001 PA 267, MCL 288.561 to 288.740. The department shall be the administrator of the fund for auditing purposes.

(2) A consumer food safety education fund is created as a revolving fund in the department of treasury. The consumer food safety education fund shall must be administered by the department and funded by adding $3.00 to the fee for each food establishment license in all categories except vending machines and in cases of fee-exempt food establishments. The money in the fund shall must be used to provide statewide training and education to consumers on food safety. Money remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried carries forward into the next fiscal year.

(3) An industry food-safety education fund is created as a revolving fund in the department of treasury. The industry food-safety education fund shall must be administered by the department and funded by adding $2.00 to the fee for each food service establishment license in all categories except vending machines and in cases of fee-exempt food establishments. The money in the fund shall must be used to provide food safety training and education to food service establishment employees and agents of the director who enforce this act. Money remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried carries forward into the next fiscal year.

(4) As used in this section, "fee-exempt food establishment" means a food establishment exempt from all state and local food establishment license fees under section 3119(4) 3119(3) combined with an exemption from the local health department sanitation service fee under section 2444 of the public health code, MCL 333.2444.