State Rep. Matt Maddock today said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services distributed a draft administrative rule on the “Protection of Youth from Nicotine Product Addiction” – just one day after Attorney General Dana Nessel called on the federal government to set aside any non-essential rulemaking not related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The hypocrisy is rich,” said Maddock, who serves as vice chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. “The Attorney General signs on to a letter asking the federal Office of Management and Budget to hold off on non-essential administrative rules so federal, state and local officials can be ‘laser focused’ on COVID-19, and the very next day we get a non-essential from a state department here in Michigan.”
Maddock, of Milford, noted the Attorney General’s Office typically helps state departments write administrative rules and that a public comment period, as well as public meetings, are required before rules can be adopted.
“It would be wrong to hold a public hearing on a non-essential rule when state government is telling people not to leave their homes for non-essential business,” Maddock said. “Not only will non-essential rulemaking cause unnecessary distractions at a time when everyone should be focused on the crisis at hand, but there are also regulatory costs that come with producing rules. The state should not waste resources on unnecessary rules, especially at a time like this.”
House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall, of Marshall, today said a performance audit completed on the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital shows lapses in protocol and staffing that have led to failures with patient care.
Paul Ajegba, Gov. Whitmer’s transportation director, shocked a House subcommittee recently when he said the governor is still pushing her radical 45-cent per gallon gas tax hike. (See video below.) After Gov. Whitmer’s gas tax scheme received bipartisan condemnation throughout much of last year, the governor told reporters she would not push for the gas […]
The Michigan House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation from state Rep. Matt Maddock which will save communities and taxpayers money on record storage. House Bills 5197-98 allow for digital or electronic reproduction of construction-related documents, such as drawings, blueprints, site plans, permits, contracts and others, with certain stipulations. Streamlining reproduction would allow […]
State Rep. Matt Maddock, chair of the House Appropriations Transportation subcommittee, today said a budget presentation from Michigan Department of Transportation director Paul Ajegba and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer offers little in terms of fixing roughly 110,000 miles of local roads. Maddock pointed to the governor’s decision to veto parts of a Legislature-approved transportation budget for […]