Michigan Senate votes to strip Michigan governor’s authority

photo: Great Lakes

Michigan’s leading environmental groups today blasted a move by the Michigan Senate to strip the authority of Michigan’s governor to protect the Great Lakes and the other natural resources that inspired the Pure Michigan campaign.

The State Senate today passed legislation (HB 4326) to prohibit the state’s governor from adopting any rule stricter than a federal standard unless authorized by the legislature. The bill will return to the State House of Representatives, which previously passed a similar version.

 The legislation – if passed in its current version by the House and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder – would cripple governors’ authority to move decisively to protect the world’s greatest freshwater system. Michigan’s leading environmental groups today blasted a move by the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives to strip the authority of Michigan’s governor to protect the Great Lakes and the other natural resources that inspired the Pure Michigan campaign.

"This action demotes the governor from being an equal partner with the legislature in protection of the Great Lakes,” said Ryan Werder of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “We need both, working together, to protect our Pure Michigan assets.”

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