Michigan announces net reduction of 2,100 rules since 2011


By: Jon Zimney

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An office created by Gov. Rick Snyder to make government more efficient reports hitting a milestone — the net reduction of about 2,000 state rules and regulations.

The Office of Regulatory Reinvention says there are 17,100 rules now. That is 2,100 fewer than the 19,200 in place when the office launched in 2011.

Part of the office’s mission is eliminating rules deemed “burdensome, obsolete or unnecessary.”

The office rescinded a mandate that child care workers smile. Also scrapped was a requirement that a commission determine if food products should have a state “Seal of Quality.” The office decided rules requiring payments by check or money order were obsolete and those mandating drivers to park frontward in state government parking lots were burdensome.