Pages tagged "legislation"
Legislature's irresponsible budget plan slashes front-line protections for public health
MEC and our partners at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters released a report Thursday showing that deep budget cuts proposed in Lansing and Washington put at risk essential programs for protecting the Great Lakes, ensuring safe drinking water and cleaning up toxic contamination.Read more
Michigan's energy overhaul: What's in it and how we got here
After more than two years of negotiations, countless hours of committee hearings, numerous variations on several bills, untold column inches of news coverage and a dizzying series of false starts, dead ends and shifts of the political winds, the epic effort to overhaul Michigan's energy policy finally drew to a close Thursday evening.Read more
Senate energy plan: Summer school needed to fix failing grades
The Michigan Senate is likely to vote this week on a pair of bills to reform our state's energy policy. Throughout the debates leading up to this point, MEC has maintained that any credible strategy for Michigan's energy future must accomplish five goals: control costs for utility customers; minimize the risks of future price spikes; protect natural resources and public health; promote economic development; and improve reliability.Read more
'No stricter than federal' bill aims to make Michigan mediocre again
Our state has invested more than $260 million over the past decade in promoting tourism under the banner of "Pure Michigan." A bill moving through the state House of Representatives would undermine that campaign by broadcasting the message that Michigan plans to do nothing more than the bare minimum when it comes to protecting the Great Lakes, our natural resources and the health of our residents.Read more
Guest post: Coldwater River fiasco highlights need for drain code reform
Editor's note: This piece was contributed by Dr. Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Michigan Trout Unlimited and a member of MEC's board of directors. It originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Michigan Trout Magazine. It has been edited here for length.Read more
Guest post: Conservation champion Willard Wolfe enters Environmental Hall of Fame
Editor's note: This post was contributed by noted writer, environmental historian, policy advisor and former MEC staff member Dave Dempsey.Read more
Gov. Snyder stands up for biodiversity. Help us say thanks!
Gov. Rick Snyder today took a stand for conservation and good science by vetoing Senate Bill 78, which would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biodiversity.Read more
Lame duck update: The Ugly, the Good and the Bad
With Michigan's lame duck session in full swing, we thought we'd update Michigan Distilled readers on what has been a veryinteresting-yes, we'll go with interesting-week at the Capitol.Read more
MEC, ZWD urge lawmakers to send waste-to-energy bill to the trash heap
Update 2: The Senate did not take up HB 5205 before the end of the legislative session, so the bill is dead (for now). Thanks to everyone who spoke out against this bad legislation and in support of real renewable energy!
Update: The House has approved HB 5205. Please join MEC in urging your senator to stop this irresponsible bill from moving any further.
The Michigan Environmental Council and Zero Waste Detroit are urging lawmakers to vote down legislation approved by a House committee that would expand the state's definition of renewable energy to include the burning of hazardous waste, warning that it would harm the health of Michigan residents and hobble the state's growing clean-energy industryRead more
For a more competitive Michigan, lawmakers must expand civil rights law
Everything we do at the Michigan Environmental Council is guided by our vision of a brighter future for our state. We work every day toward a healthy state powered by clean, renewable fuels; known for an irresistible mix of bustling urban areas and unspoiled wild places; connected by convenient buses, trains and trails; and defined by clean, abundant fresh water.Read more