Meekhof comments on changes at DEQ

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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, this afternoon issued the following statement regarding changes at the Department of Environmental Quality.

“When it comes to state government, legislators are the customer service center for our constituents. We hear directly from our citizens when government fails to meet their expectations.

Changes at the Department of Environmental Quality represent an opportunity to strike a balance between preserving and protecting Michigan’s natural resources and upholding the rights of citizens and property owners.  Competent directors are essential for state government to function properly. Ultimately, the responsibility of every department is to meet the needs of constituents.

The Senate looks forward to welcoming a strong director who will improve the functions and operations of the Department of Environmental Quality and be responsive to our citizens.  As majority leader, I will use the Advice and Consent process to thoroughly review a prospective director candidate.”