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Governor Creates Mobility Office

Feb 28, 2020

As Michigan continues to strive to be the leader in mobility, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two measures that she hopes will further help the state achieve that goal. First, she signed Executive Directive 2020-1, which directs the creation of the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the designation of a Chief Mobility Officer […]

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Governor Creates Michigan Poverty Task Force

Dec 20, 2019

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-19 creating the Michigan Poverty Task Force. Housed with the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, the task force will be comprised of directors or the directors’ designees from a number of state departments and agencies. They will convene their first meeting in January 2020 and will […]

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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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