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Consumer protection

The Michigan Consumer's Council—composed of the attorney general, secretary of state, director of the Department of Commerce, and three members appointed by the governor and three by the legislature—was established in 1966 to protect consumers from harmful products, false advertising, and deceptive sales practices. The Council was dissolved in 1990 as a budget-cutting measure. Other state agencies, such as the Attorney General and the Public Service Commission, also are responsible for protecting consumers.

A number of local governments have instituted consumer affairs offices, with Detroit's being especially active.