Despite Covid-19, Howell continues to work for his district
Last week, a bill sponsored by State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) was signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan Public Act 85 of 2020.
“The purpose of this bill was to update Michigan’s coal ash management system in order to be consistent with Environmental Protection Agency standards and allow the state government to assume regulatory oversight over the federal program,” Howell explained. “This bipartisan plan will increase protections for Michigan’s environment, while also reducing risks to human health.”
Howell’s Public Act 85 changes the language of existing state law to incorporate EPA policies and standards. This includes clarifying what constitutes a regulated coal ash landfill. “Under this new statute,” Howell explained, “Michigan will be able to streamline compliance requirements, enhance reporting standards, and mitigate rising utility costs for consumers.”
“As Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, I remain committed to protecting Michigan’s waterways. The coal ash waste generated by coal-burning power plants could contribute to water pollution if not properly contained,” Howell said. “I applaud the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the environmental groups, and the various industries for working with me in such a cooperative fashion in order to find a solution to this potential problem. We must continue our constant vigilance in protecting our natural resources for our children and grandchildren. This new law will do just that.”
Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) has commended the overwhelming passage of a House Joint Resolution on Wednesday which would amend Michigan’s Constitution. The resolution would require a two-thirds majority for the passage of any bills during a “lame duck” session—the period after a November election and before the end of the legislative term on December 31st.
This week, State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and the Michigan House of Representatives approved several measures to continue protecting and assisting Michigan families following an important constitutional ruling issued by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Howell’s plan will help restore pheasant hunting opportunities in Michigan This past Wednesday, the Michigan Legislature voted in favor of adopting a plan by State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch) to create a specially designated pheasant stamp, with the revenue collected to be used exclusively for releasing pheasants for hunting on state-owned lands. The House […]
No funding cuts for Michigan’s schools State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) announced this week that a new state budget has been approved by the Michigan House of Representatives. This bipartisan agreement will protect aid for K-12 schools, support our local communities, and provide for other priorities shared by Lapeer County families. The budget plan, […]