Snyder Sends DELEG Functions To Other Agencies 2-23-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Snyder Sends DELEG Functions To Other Agencies 2-23-2011

Gov. Rick Snyder is shrinking the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Development to handle just licensing and regulation, while moving most of its responsibilities to other departments.
The department's new name will be the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Steven Hilfinger will direct the new department, which will also take on the job of licensing health professionals.
A new Office of Regulatory Reinvention will be created in the department.
“Creating a climate of economic growth depends in large part on a simple, fair, efficient and transparent regulatory environment and a focused, efficient state government,” Snyder said. “Our new Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will help drive this change by having a more coherent and consistent approach to its mission. By consolidating its core functions under one roof and transferring responsibilities that were not compatible to the appropriate agencies, this streamlined department is better positioned to serve its customers, while significantly contributing to our overall goal of fostering economic success."
Responsibilities for job training will be moved to the Michigan Strategic Fund, which is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
The Michigan Next Energy Authority and Michigan State Housing Development Authority also will move to the Strategic Fund.
The state will continue overseeing occupational and health safety.
Snyder made the changes in two executive orders he signed Wednesday.
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