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Reorganizing Environmental Oversight – Take Two

Feb 22, 2019

After the legislature blocked her previous Executive Order (EO) restructuring environmental oversight, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a new EO this week. Under EO 2019-6, the Department of Environmental Quality will become the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The department will focus on improving the quality of Michigan’s air, land, and water, and protecting […]

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Legislature Rejects Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order

Feb 15, 2019

The Senate followed the House’s lead by voting to reject an Executive Order (EO) changing environmental oversight in Michigan. On a party line vote, the Senate adopted a House Concurrent Resolution that blocks Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s EO making changes within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Announced last week, Executive Order 2019-2 would restructure DEQ […]

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Major Changes at the Michigan Agency for Energy

Jan 12, 2018

This week, Governor Rick Snyder signed an Executive Order restructuring the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE). Additional changes will occur at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) in response to MAE Executive Director Valerie Brader’s resignation from the administration, effective February 10. MAE Deputy Director Madhu Anderson will […]

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Governor Announces Plan to Reduce Lead Exposure

Mar 17, 2017

On Thursday, Governor Rick Snyder announced an increase to state standards for the federal Lead and Copper Rule and that he is creating a permanent commission focusing on the elimination of child lead exposure. The Lead and Copper Rule is a federal regulation aimed at controlling lead and copper in the drinking water and can […]

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Governor Signs Executive Order Forming New Council

Nov 04, 2016

This week, Governor Rick Snyder signed an Executive Order creating a new council to ensure continued coordination of resources for individuals with disabilities.  The new Developmental Disabilities Council will be housed within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  It will be comprised of twenty-one members appointed by the Governor and representing individuals with […]

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Governor Makes Appointments to Economic Commission

Oct 21, 2016

Last Friday, Governor Rick Snyder announced the initial appointments to the Building the 21st Century Economic Commission, which was created by Executive Order.  The twenty-three-member commission serves as an advisory body within the Executive Office.  Members are charged with identifying priorities over the next twenty years along with short and long-term action items.  The commission […]

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Education Commission Announces Listening Tour

Oct 21, 2016

This week, the 21st Century Michigan Education Commission announced a West Michigan event as part of their listening tour.  The public event will be held on Thursday, November 3, at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center in Grand Rapids.  For more information or to RSVP, please click here. The commission was created by Executive Order […]

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Governor Creates Literacy Commission

Jul 29, 2016

On Wednesday, by Executive Order, Governor Rick Snyder created the PreK-12 Literacy Commission.  The commission was created after state government leaders formed a workgroup to review state policies on literacy and determined an independent commission was needed to set literacy goals for the state and provide reports on progress.  The commission will be housed within […]

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