Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

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Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Department overview
Preceding agencies
Typeprincipal department
HeadquartersLansing, Michigan
Department executive
  • Shelly Edgerton, Director
Child agencies
Key document
  • Executive Order No. 2011-4

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, originally the Department of Commerce amongst other names, is a principal department in the Michigan executive branch that oversees employment, professional licensing, construction, and commerce.


The Department, as Department of Commerce, was formed in 1965 by Section 225 of the Executive Organization Act of 1965, 1965 PA 380, MCL 16.325. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation was abolished with most responsibilities transferred to this Department.[1] Renamed Department of Consumer and Industry Services by executive order issued in 1996 by Governor John Engler merging most of the Department of Labor within the Department[2] Engler also transfer some responsibilities of the former Commerce Department to the Michigan Jobs Commission.[1]

Governor Engler created the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation as a Type I agency within the department in 2000. The Corporations, Securities and Land Development Bureau's security functions and all functions of the Insurance Bureau and Financial Institutions Bureau were transferred to the office.[3]

In 2006, Governor Granholm issued an executive order renaming the Department, the "Department of Labor and Economic Growth", transfer a few boards from the Family Independence Agency, and some function of the Fire Marshal Division of the Department of the State Police were transfer to its Bureau of Construction Codes and Fire Safety. With that same Executive order, the Brownfield Redevelopment Single Business Tax Credits and a mergered Metropolitan Extension Telecommunications Rights-of-Way Oversight Authority and Michigan Broadband Development Authority were moved from the Department of Treasury to the Department. From the Department of Management and Budget, Michigan Next Energy Authority, Michigan Strategic Fund were transfer. The Department of Career Development was also merged with the Department under this executive order.[4]

In 2008, Governor Granholm move various energy-related programs from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and elsewhere to the Department and renamed the Department to "Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth" (DELEG). The various programs transferred were: the No Worker Left Behind green jobs training initiatives, Michigan's new energy efficiency building code, the Public Service Commission and energy efficiency programs, the Office of Sustainability, the Renewable Fuels Commission and the State Energy Office.[5]

In April 2011, Governor Snyder renamed the Department to "Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs" (LARA) transferring the Michigan Next Energy Authority, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Bureau of Workforce Transformation, the Council for Labor and Economic Growth and Land Bank Fast Track Authority to the Michigan Strategic Fund. Agencies transferred to the LARA from the Michigan Department of Community Health are Bureau of Health Professions, the Bureau of Health Systems and the Controlled Substances Advisory Commission. Transferred from the LARA to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights were Disability Concerns Commission, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Pacific American Affairs Commission and Hispanic/Latino Commission. The independent Michigan Administrative Hearing System was also created within the Department under the reorganization plan.[6]

On January 17, 2013, Governor Snyder ordered that the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation be transfer out of the Department to form a new Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services effective March 19, 2013.[7] On March 18, 2015, Snyder signed an executive order to form the Michigan Agency for Energy with in LARA in 60 days.[8] On December 6, 2018, the department formed the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation concurrent with the legalization of recreational marijuana to handle both types of possession.[9]

Former names[edit]

  • Department of Commerce (1965–1996)
  • Department of Consumer and Industry Services (1996–2006)
  • Department of Labor and Economic Growth (2006–2008)
  • Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (2008 – April 2011)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b MICHIGAN IN BRIEF: 1998–99 Chapter 2: About State Government (PDF). Public Sector Consultants, Inc. 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-10-25.
  2. ^ Executive Order 1996-2, MCL 445.2001
  3. ^ Executive Order 2000-2.
  4. ^ EXECUTIVE ORDER No.2003 - 14
  5. ^ Denise Kennedy (Nov 4, 2008). "Michigan's Governor Moves Energy into Labor Department's Role". AmericanGreenJobs.net. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  6. ^ Bomey, Nathan (February 23, 2011). "Snyder remakes Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth into regulatory affairs department". Ann Arbor.com. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Snyder creates insurance, financial services oversight department". The Detroit News. January 17, 2013. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  8. ^ Lawler, Emily (March 18, 2015). "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder creates new energy agency". Mlive. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michigan sets up new bureau to regulate recreational, medicinal marijuana". ABC12. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.