Legislation to restrict the authority of state departments has passed the Michigan House and is making its way through the Senate.
House Bill 4205 would not let agency rules be any stricter than federal rules without proof that it’s necessary.
Environmental groups are concerned. As the Great Lakes state, past legislatures have embraced a role of being a guardian of the lakes. Stricter agency rules were seen as part of the state being a good steward and an example for other states.