On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Governor Rick Snyder announced a major Executive Order reorganization of the current Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth to refocus its efforts on streamlining and improving licensing operations and regulatory responsibilities. The new Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will house the Office of Regulatory Reinvention. Functions unrelated to licensing and regulatory affairs will be re-deployed to other related departments.
Under new Director Steven Hilfinger, the office will focus on creating a regulatory environment that is fair, efficient, transparent, and conducive to economic growth including:
• taking into account the cost of compliance with the rules;
• the extent to which the rules conflict with or duplicate similar rules or regulations adopted by the state or federal government; and
• oversight authority over non-rule regulatory actions adopted by departments and agencies such as guidelines, handbooks, manuals, instructional bulletins, forms with instructions, and operational memoranda.
The Michigan Chamber has been seeking this type of regulatory reform and supports Governor Snyder’s action to re-focus regulatory efforts. Click on the following links for more information:
Executive Order 2011-4 - Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth - Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs - Department of Community Health - Department of Civil Rights - Department of Environmental Quality - Department of Education - Department of Technology, Management and Budget - Michigan Strategic Fund - Workforce Development Agency - Michigan Administrative Hearing System - Executive Reorganization