Today, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11) introduced his first bill, The Protect Small Business Jobs Act (H.R. 746). This common-sense legislation offers small business owners a 6-month grace period to correct a violation of federal regulations as long as the violation does not pose an imminent threat to life.
"Small businesses are America's job creators," said Rep. Bentivolio, "and the massive regulatory state grows so quickly that they often have a tough time keeping up. This comes at the expense of jobs and economic growth. The Protect Small Business Jobs Act encourages the great American tradition of entrepreneurship and competition in an age when most Americans see that government favors the large business at the expense of the small business."
This legislation is a sensible middle ground between ensuring that we have safe work and environmental procedures in place while allowing small businesses to compete without paying a large contingent of lawyers to keep an eye on the constant stream of regulations coming out of the White House.
Under the Protect Small Business Jobs Act, a business found in violation of a federal regulation would have 6 months to comply without being hit with devastating fines. After the 6-month grace period, the small business can obtain a 3-month extension if they are making a good faith effort to fix the problem. If they correct the problem within the grace period then the fines would be waived. By allowing only one grace period per rule, this legislation does not permit any businesses to ignore any regulations on an ongoing basis.
Twelve members of Congress signed on to the bill as original co-sponsors:
Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-1)
Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-6)
Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10)
Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-8)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1)
Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-4)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-9)
Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Rep. David Valadao (CA-21)
Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, a small business owner from Milford, MI, introduced H.R. 746 on Friday morning. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.