Bill to Make Business Leaders A Part of DEQ’s Rulemaking Process Advances

Just barely passing in Lansing Tuesday, a bill that would let oil and gas industry leaders weigh in on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s rulemaking process.

The Senate okayed the plan Tuesday in a party-line vote.

It creates a rules review committee made up of private industry representatives who could weigh in during the DEQ’s rulemaking process.

More than half would come from industries like agriculture, manufacturing as well as oil and gas.

Republicans and pro-business supporters say the agency has left them out of decision-making in the past.

Democrats widely condemned the bill, citing fears from flint’s ongoing water crisis.

The bill is headed to the governor.


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