Rep Steven Johnson
House Committee Approves Rep. Johnson’s Bill to Allow Michigan-Made Gas Cans
RELEASE|September 3, 2020

Yesterday, State Rep. Steve Johnson testified before the House Ways & Means Committee in support of House Bill 4717, which allows gas cans made, sold and used in Michigan to not conform to federal EPA regulations. The bill was then voted on and passed 7-4.

“The gas can is a prime example of government regulations ruining a perfectly fine product made by the private sector,” said Johnson, of Wayland. “Government should not be making the lives of its citizens more difficult or more complicated than absolutely necessary.”

Overbearing federal environmental regulations have resulted in self-venting gas can designs which often makes pouring fuel a frustrating task for even the most patient of individuals. Johnson’s bill simply states that gas cans manufactured, sold and used in Michigan would not be subject to interstate commerce laws, and therefore not subject to federal EPA regulations.

“I received overwhelming positive feedback from across the state after introducing this bill earlier this term,” said Johnson. “This strikes a chord with Michiganders, since reading instructions to use a gas can that is going to leak all over is the last thing that they want on their mind when mowing the lawn or filling up their boat after a long day of work. This is an important opportunity for government to get out of the way and let a simple product do a simple task.”

House Bill 4717 now moves to the full House for consideration.

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