Last week, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced House Bill 4272, which allows gas cans made, sold and used in Michigan to be exempt from federal EPA regulations.
“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.”
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 my first 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 4272 has been referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism for further consideration.
State Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, today issued the following statement calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to immediately readdress her administration’s ongoing 25-percent capacity limit for indoor dining.
Rep. Johnson, the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, talks about Thursday’s committee hearing, when lawmakers heard from Michigan families impacted by the state’s COVID nursing home policies. Rep. Johnson says officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services were invited, but declined to attend.
Rep. Johnson, the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, talks about Thursday’s Committee meeting, where Representatives heard direct testimony from people involved with Michigan’s restaurant industry and the impact of state-mandated closures.