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Lawmakers seek to shift youth work permits from schools to state

Child labor permits in Michigan could see a more centralized process under legislation that received a hearing before a state House committee today.

Michigan’s current system relies on schools to issue or revoke work permits for minors.

Democratic Representative Phil Skaggs says shifting that responsibility to the state and putting the process online would modernize the system.

“So that there can be real enforcement and, but in addition so that there can be education.”

But Republican Representative Tom Kunse says he believes schools are better suited to check in on young people who are working.

“I understand you’re trying to modernize it, but this is best left local.”

Meanwhile… a separate piece of legislation that’s before the full state House would increase penalties for child labor violations.

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