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      Snyder nixes permits for home-monitoring systems

      Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills to eliminate the need for permits to install thermostats, dimmer switches and other equipment for high-tech home-monitoring systems.

      Legislation signed Tuesday exempts homeowners from having to obtain a permit when a licensed electrician installs equipment for temperature control, fire and alarm systems. Technicians installing thermostats also won't need a permit.

      Snyder says the new laws will eliminate regulations that burden homeowners.

      Other bills signed by Snyder raise the price of an annual off-road vehicle license from about $16 to about $26 and continue the collection of fees from landfills and hazardous waste generators.