LANSING — Today, House Republicans approved a resolution to reject Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order which, among other things, eliminates three review boards the Legislature passed last year. These review boards allow corporate representatives to oversee the DEQ, now called EGLE under the Governor’s reorganization plan, and its permitting process. In response, state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) issued the following statement:

“Gov. Whitmer promised she would take real action to fight for access to clean water, and this directive was an important first step to fulfilling that process. It is disappointing, then, that despite the need for this kind of action and leadership, the legislative majority decided to stand in the way of that process today. If we as a collective government are going to be able to provide the real protections and accountability Michigan families deserve, we need to work together in a way that transcends partisan politics and puts the health and safety of every family in Michigan first. . Despite the passage of today’s resolution, that’s something I remain committed to.”