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The Michigan Legislature is considering legislation to increase transparency and accountability within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Supported by Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB), the three-bill package includes:
“While we’ve seen improvements in communication between DEQ staff and farmers, as well as a stronger focus on cooperative solutions, we need to ensure that doesn’t fade when there are administrative leadership changes,” said Matt Smego, MFB Government Relations Department Manager. “It’s also important we maintain environmental protection without creating undue regulatory burdens.”
Smego added that the organizations member-developed policy specifically supports the governance style outlined within the bills.
MFB Policy #71 Streamlining Michigan Government states, “Michigan’s regulatory structure must continue to foster economic growth. Policy makers should have a clear understanding of the impact of regulations on business before voting to support new or more stringent regulations. Regulatory agencies should maintain constitutional roles and reasonable environmental protection without creating undue regulatory burdens.”
The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing this week on the legislation. It’s also anticipated a House version of the package will be introduced.