THIS RESOLUTION IS OFFERED TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE V, SECTION 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN OF 1963.

 

            Rep. Lower offered the following concurrent resolution:

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 1.

            A concurrent resolution to disapprove Executive Order No. 2019-02.

Whereas, Pursuant to Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963, the governor may make changes in the organization of the executive branch or in the assignment of functions among its units which she considers necessary for efficient administration; and

            Whereas, On February 4, 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2019-02 to establish the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; prescribe for the administration of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; establish the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules; and make transfers from the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Technology, Management and Budget; and

            Whereas, The Legislature remains committed to and joins the Governor in ensuring the health and safety of Michigan's citizens and families with an environment that is clean, energy needs that are met, and drinking water that is safe; and

            Whereas, Pursuant to Article V, Section 2, the legislature may disapprove an executive order reorganizing the executive branch or making changes in the assignment of functions among its units, within 60 calendar days of a regular session, by a resolution concurred in by a majority of the members elected to and serving in each house; and

            Whereas, Executive Order No. 2019-02 seeks to abolish the Environmental Rules Review Committee, Environmental Permit Review Commission, and Environmental Science Advisory Board created under Public Acts 267, 268, 269 of 2018; and

Whereas, It is the position of this Legislature that said entities created by legislation ought not be abolished by executive decree; now, therefore, be it

            Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That, pursuant to Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963, we disapprove Executive Order No. 2019-02; and be it further

            Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor.