April 10, 2013 – The Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) announced today that it has achieved the milestone of reducing the number of administrative rules in the state by over 1,200. Gov. Rick Snyder created the ORR in April 2011 with the goal of creating a regulatory climate that is simple, fair, efficient, transparent and supportive of business growth and job creation. At the beginning of the ORR’s review, Michigan had 19,227 administrative rules. Today, Michigan has 18,012 administrative rules. The ORR is a part of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
“We continue to make significant progress in streamlining Michigan’s regulations, while ensuring health, safety and consumer protections remain,” said Steve Arwood, LARA Director and Chief Regulatory Officer. “The elimination of unnecessary rules is just one piece of the overall reinvention of our regulatory climate. We will continue to take a comprehensive approach in reinventing Michigan’s regulatory climate in order for it to be more supportive of business growth and job creation.”
The top three rule eliminating departments are the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (296 less rules); the Department of Environmental Quality (231 less rules); and LARA (169 less rules). For a complete list of rules that were eliminated, visit here.
Many of the rules that have been rescinded are the result of a stakeholder-driven process that utilizes Advisory Rules Committees (ARCs). The ORR has convened eight ARCs since its creation. The ORR has publicly released its recommendations for seven areas: Environmental, Inspections & Permitting, Insurance & Finance, Liquor Control, Natural Resources, Occupational Licensing, and Workplace Safety.
The ORR has implemented 62 of its recommendations to Gov. Snyder. To view the ORR’s scorecard, visit here.