Legislature votes on business regulation, loosening child work permit law

Legislature votes on business regulation, loosening child work permit law

Wisconsin’s 16- and 17-year-olds wouldn’t need permission from their parents to get jobs under a Republican bill the state Assembly has passed.

The bill would eliminate the requirement that children 16 and older obtain work permits. The permits cost $10 each and require a parent’s written consent.

Republican supporters say removing the permit requirement will make it easier for children without parents to find jobs. Democrats counter that it would cut parents out of the loop and decrease state and local revenues by $730,000.

It makes no changes to labor laws governing how many hours children can work.

The Assembly passed the bill 64-34 on Tuesday. It goes next to the state Senate.

State Senate approves changes to regulations

The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that gives the Legislature the power to reject new administrative rule that is expensive for businesses.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 19-14 to pass the bill Tuesday. It now heads to the Assembly.

Under the measure, any new rules that’d cost an industry or business more than $10 million over two years would need Legislative approval within 70 days or automatically fail.

The bill’s authors and business groups say it will ensure agencies don’t pass harmful regulations without any oversight.

But opponents say it will make it harder to implement environmental protections and shift oversight to people without specialized knowledge.

The bill would take other steps to make it more difficult for state agencies to approve new rules, which have the force of law.