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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: 

  1.  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. 
  2. 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.” - Office of the Governor, Executive Orders

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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