Legislature votes to reject Whitmer's environmental executive order

By Paul Egan & Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press

LANSING – Michigan lawmakers on Thursday rejected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order reorganizing the state's environmental agency, signaling an early power struggle between the GOP-controlled Legislature and the state's newly elected Democratic chief executive.

At the crux of the dispute is one aspect of Whitmer's much broader environmental order — the abolition of industry-dominated panels created by the Legislature last year to review environmental rules and permits.

The governor said Thursday she will issue a new and similar executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday. The Legislature's action “is not going to hamper my effort to get it done because people are counting on me," she told the Free Press.

The Senate voted 22-16 Thursday to reject Whitmer's executive order after the House took similar action on Feb. 6, in a 58-51 vote. It's the first time in 42 years the Michigan Legislature has voted to reject a governor's executive order, Gongwer News Service reported.

Read the entire story > https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/02/14/gretchen-whitmer-environmental-executive-order/2869421002/

Also see Senator Rosemary Bayer's statement > https://senatedems.com/bayer/news/2019/02/14/bayer-on-gop-rejection-of-whitmer-environmental-e-o/ and video > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JTRyNLueY&t

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