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Presidential Executive Orders

Michigan Executive Orders

In Michigan, Executive Orders are orders made by Michigan’s governor. 

  • There are two kinds of Executive Orders: 
    • Executive Reorganization Orders re-assign functions throughout the executive branch of Michigan’s government. They have the force of law unless rejected by the legislature within 60 days of the governor’s signature and seal. 
    • Other Executive Orders do not have the force of law. They are used primarily for special projects and to “establish Boards or Commissions prescribed by federal or state law.”
  • Executive Orders of the current administration are available on the State of Michigan's website.
  • Executive Orders from previous governors' administrations are also available, organized by governor (2001-) on the page Former Governors of Michigan.

Library Resources 

  • The law library carries Executive Orders and Executive Reorganization Orders (Smith KFM4234 .A2 M54x) from 1973-2009.
    • Note that Executive Reorganization Orders are not clearly marked in this set. In the MLaw Library Catalog, title is “Executive Order,” and author is “Michigan. Governor.” 
  • The Michigan Register (Smith KFM 4236 .M53x) contains both Executive Orders and Executive Reorganization Orders. 
  • Executive Reorganization Orders are printed in Michigan Compiled Laws (Smith KFM4230 1999 .A47 1999x) and Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated (MCLA) (Smith & Ref Coll KFM 4230 1948 .A44).
    • For both sources, look in the index under “Governor,” then look under the sub-topic “Executive Orders.” 
    • MCLA has copies of the most recent Executive Orders. Once the softbound pamphlets are discarded, however, the replacement volumes will not contain executive orders. 

Government Resources

  • Executive Orders are available free to download from
  • Executive Reorganization Orders can also be obtained as part of the Michigan Compiled Laws on the Michigan Legislature website.


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