In September, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has removed the checkbox reading Were you convicted of a felony? that precedes occupational and construction code licensing applications. He also signed an executive instructing all state departments and agencies to remove the felony question that precedes job applications on NEOGOV to be replaced with an affirmation of good character statement. Private employers are encouraged to follow suit. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said, We have great employers in Michigan who already recognize the advantage of giving people a second chance in the workforce and have seen great results because of it.