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January 23, 1996 (517) 335-6397


Office of Regulatory Reform Creates Internet Site


Governor John Engler announced today that the Office of Regulatory Reform has established a World Wide Web page on the Internet in order to better involve the regulatory community and the general public in the administrative rulemaking process. The site is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

"This continues our efforts to make government more user-friendly for Michigan residents," Engler said. "Through the Internet, we're now able to provide people with the status of proposed rules and to receive their input on both proposed and existing regulations. The new Web site should be an extremely useful resource."

Visitors to the site, located at http://www.migov.state.mi.us/rules/orr, can check on   administrative rules by searching with key words, viewing the index for the year or viewing lists for each state department. The site is also accessible through the State of Michigan home page at http://www.migov.state.mi.us.

Governor Engler created the Office of Regulatory Reform by executive order on March 31, 1995 to "review proposed rules, coordinate the processing of rules by state agencies and work with the agencies to streamline the rulemaking process and to improve public access." Since then, ORR has certified more than 1,000 rules for rescission and has identified 1,000 more for elimination by summer.