LANSING — Today, the House 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. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) issued the following statement:

“Too many communities throughout Michigan are facing terrifying environmental crises. In Livonia, we have been caught in bureaucratic gridlock for years waiting for help to address our groundwater contamination; Gov. Whitmer’s executive order finally offered hope to my community, and for the Legislature to steal that from our families and children is shameful. Instead of clinging to the status quo of a government structure that has failed our communities time and time again, we need to put party affiliation aside and work together to support the safety and well-being of Michigan families.”