Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 02/21
Senate considers George Heartwell for NRC. After being roundly criticized for rejecting Anna Mitterling, a well-qualified nominee to the Natural Resource Commission, last week, the Michigan Senate is considering George Heartwell, another nominee to the same commission. Heartwell faces opposition from the NRA, and Senate Republicans reportedly rejected Mitterling because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer refused to pull his nomination. More on the nomination here.
MPSC calls for changes to DTE plan. The Michigan Public Service Commission has decided not to approve a 15-year plan submitted by Detroit-based energy company DTE and made recommendations for an improved plan. This decision comes after widespread calls from environmental justice advocates urging the commission to hold DTE accountable and push for a plan that would prioritize providing clean, affordable energy. More on the plan here.
Board of Canvassers approves lobbying reform ballot language. The Board of State Canvassers has approved ballot language for a proposal from the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes that would ban gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers, require former lawmakers to wait two years before becoming lobbyists, and increase transparency requirements. Get the full story here.
Detroiters call for an end to water shutoffs. An op-ed in the Detroit News this week criticized city and state officials for failing to adequately address water shutoffs in Detroit and called for solutions that would restore these families’ access to water. Read the full piece here.
Environmental groups propose water protection law for Detroit. A newly proposed ordinance in Detroit would increase oversight of businesses operating near the Detroit River and reform the process of notifying residents in emergency situations. This proposal comes in response to the recent collapse of a dock into the river, which raised questions about these processes. More on the ordinance here.
Michigan educators offer public school solutions. A report published in Bridge Magazine this week consulted educators about their policy solutions to help struggling public schools and address Michigan’s ongoing teacher shortage. See what they had to say here.
Tweet of the Week
Tiffani Ashley Bell of The Human Utility talks water justice in this week’s Tweet of the Week.