Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
The Liquor Control Commission is composed of five members. (Commissioners) appointed by the Governor. Two of the Liquor Control Commission Commissioners are designated "hearing commissioners". When a hearing is scheduled, one of the commissioners or an Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing. The remaining three commissioners are designated as "administrative commissioners" responsible for all matters pertaining to licensing, purchasing, merchandising and enforcement and act as an appeal board for decisions rendered by the hearing commissioners.
Hearings are based upon a complaint that alleges a violation of the Michigan Liquor Control Code, MCL 436.1101, et seq., or rules promulgated under the Code. The commission, upon due notice and proper hearing, may suspend or revoke any license. Violation hearings are completely processed and conducted by and through Commission. The administrative rules for hearings and appeals before the Commission are found at 2004 AACS, R 436.1901, et seq.
Except when an Administrative Law Judge conducts a hearing instead of a hearing commissioner, MOAHR is not involved in the licensing sanction process. The decision of the hearing commissioner or Administrative Law Judge can be appealed to the administrative commissioners who serve as the Liquor Control Commission appeal board.