Mackinac Center Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, in a settlement with the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, finally released documents related to complaints about businesses suspected of violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders. The Mackinac Center took legal action after the department significantly delayed releasing the documents requested through the state‚Äôs Freedom of Information Act.

On June 5, 2020, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy requested copies of any cease-and-desist letters that LARA sent to businesses for violating emergency executive orders. The Center also requested a copy of complaints filed with the state about businesses allegedly violating the same orders. The documents released contained a variety of individual complaints submitted to LARA. Complaints included the use of golf carts while they were prohibited, restaurants suspected of being over capacity limits and roofers being unmasked.

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