Repealed law required legislative authorization for unnecessary restrictions
House Republican Leader Matt Hall on Thursday criticized Democrats for repealing a law that has protected Michiganders and businesses from overly strict regulations that aren’t necessary to protect health or safety.
The law prohibited state bureaucrats from adopting administrative rules that are more stringent than federal requirements, unless there is a clear and convincing need for the stricter regulation or the people’s representatives clearly authorize the regulation in law. Hall said the repeal, signed into law Thursday by the governor, advances an agenda that will hurt businesses and residents of Michigan.
“As families and job providers flee Michigan, piling confusing and useless regulatory burdens on small businesses and citizens will make it even harder for our state to compete,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “We should be focused on helping people thrive while protecting the health and safety of Michiganders, but left-wing environmentalists want to cripple businesses with over-the-top regulations that are completely unnecessary and burdensome. Democrats have caved to one leftist political group after another, and now they’re letting unelected bureaucrats tank our state’s economy on the whim of environmental activists. Pandering to fringe organizations will exacerbate Michigan’s population decline and scare businesses away.”
Democrats in the Legislature previously passed Senate Bill 14 in a party-line vote.
“This year, the Democrat majority has been consumed with an extreme agenda that is making life more expensive in our state, but even more costs on Michiganders are coming next,” said Hall, R-Richland Township.
“Democrats are throwing out local control to force solar panels all over our small towns and windmills all over our farmland, and they’re doing it just to make a few activists happy,” Hall said. “The people I talk to are concerned about recent power outages, and they’re concerned about their monthly bills. The Democrat plan does nothing to solve those problems.”
“These numbers reveal that people don’t want to start or raise their families in Michigan, as they move to states with lower taxes, high-paying careers, good roads and bridges, quality education, and safe communities,” Hall said.