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ACT NO. 155


Consolidated Fee Act

This is the second annual consolidated fee act. It focuses primarily on agencies in the human services and natural resources areas of government and establishes, adjusts and otherwise authorizes fees for a variety of services and programs offered by these agencies including, but not limited to: motor vehicles; corrections; social welfare; veterans' home, child support; the environmental board; forest, parks and recreation; environmental conservation; fish and wildlife; aging and disabilities; health; employment and training; labor and industry; and the lottery commission. In several instances the act provides that fees will be available to a department to offset the cost of providing the service or program.

The act repeals or extends a number of sunset provisions. Repealed sunset provisions include pending reductions in the gross receipts tax rates and public service board salaries, the universal service charge, and certain DUI surcharges. Extended sunset provisions include sunset of certain powers of the board of medical practice, air contamination source and motor vehicle emission fees, and the social welfare anti-fraud pilot program.

Miscellaneous issues addressed in this act include payment of fees by credit card, registration requirements for lobbyists, certification of motor vehicle inspection mechanics and elimination of the fee for correcting minor errors in birth certificates.

Effective Date: The act provides for a variety of effective dates:

(1) Secs. 6, 7, and 8 (licensing fees for secretary of state's office), Sec. 9 (repeal of reductions in gross receipts tax and public service board salaries), Sec. 11 (repeal of sunset of universal service charge), Sec. 18 (medical practice board and probation supervisory fees sunset extensions), Sec. 19 (repeal of DUI surcharge sunset), Sec. 39 (repeal of certain environmental conservation sunset provisions), Sec. 55 (health department contracts, charges and rebates), Sec. 59 (lead paint abatement sunset) and Sec. 66p (rulemaking) took effect on April 29, 1998.

(2) Secs. 60, 61 and 62 (special funds) take effect on July 1, 1999.

(3) Sec. 66i (inspection certificates) and Sec. 66m (fees) take effect September 1, 1998.

(4) Secs. 40 through 52 and Sec. 53a (fish and wildlife fees), Sec. 66j (certified inspection mechanics) and Sec. 66n (administrative penalties) take effect on January 1, 1999.

(5) The remaining sections take effect on July 1, 1998.