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Michigan Civil Rights Commission to Meet on Monday, January 23 in Detroit

Commission Will Hold a Public Hearing on Administrative Rules Following the Meeting

Lansing, MI–The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will hold a regular business meeting in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 11 am EST. The meeting will be held virtually via ZOOM and in person at Cadillac Place, Room L-150, 3054 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, Michigan, 48202.

Find the January 23, 2023, Commission meeting agenda here. The Commission may revise this agenda or take up other issues as needed and time allows.

At 1:30 pm in the same location, the Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed changes to the Organization, Practice, And Procedure rule set governing the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

The Commission meeting and the hearing will include a public comment period. Individuals attending virtually who wish to provide public comment must attend using the ZOOM platform or join by phone.

To participate in either the Commission meeting or the public hearing via ZOOM, go to: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85625959246?pwd=cUdGUkF0M0ozc1J6Zi93c2Y3TWNuQT09

Passcode: 799885

To participate by telephone, dial 866-434-5269; conference code: 434995.

More about the public hearing: The proposed rule changes clarify definitions and practices of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The changes also facilitate flexibility and efficiency in the operation of the commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights by allowing electronic filings and notifications and remote/virtual proceedings.  The proposed rules make a significant change to the bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) process by limiting the duration of any exception that is granted to five (5) years to allow for the commission to determine in the future if the reasons for the exception remain applicable.

The proposed rules will take effect immediately after filing with the Secretary of State. The proposed rules are published on the State of Michigan's website at www.michigan.gov/ARD and in the December 15, 2022, issue of the Michigan Register. Copies of these proposed rules may also be obtained by sending an email request to satchell1@michigan.gov or directly from www.michigan.gov/mdcr.

Comments on these proposed rules may be made at the hearing (virtually or in person), by mail, or by electronic mail at the following addresses until January 23, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

Mail comments to:

Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Attention to: Lamont D. Satchel, Esq.
Cadillac Place, 3054 West Grand Blvd.,
Detroit, Michigan 48202

 

E-mail comments to MDCR-CommissionRules-Public-Comment@michigan.gov

ASL Interpreters and CART captioning will be available on ZOOM and visible on screen for those attending in person. If you plan to attend and need an accommodation to do so, contact Shawn Sanford by COB Thursday, January 19 at MDCR-INFO@michigan.gov.

The meeting location is accessible and paid parking is available nearby.

Members of the news media may contact Vicki Levengood by phone or text at 517-775-0558, or Harold Core and at 402-416-6050.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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