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Michigan Legislature tries to bar tougher regulations

Michigan Legislature tries to bar tougher regulations.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Despite Gov. Rick Snyder's past veto, the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature is again advancing a bill that would prohibit the state from adopting regulations that are more stringent than federal rules — except in certain situations.

The Senate is expected to take a final vote on the GOP-backed legislation Thursday.

The bill would let an agency director only pursue regulations that are more stringent than federal rules if he or she determines there is a clear and convincing need to do so or state law authorizes it.

In 2011, the Republican governor vetoed similar legislation, saying it would hamper the state's ability to protect the environment.

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