Moving forward into 2024, the progress achieved in 2023 serves as a powerful example for positive transformation.
From climate action to social justice, the policies initiated last year serve as a springboard for even more ambitious and impactful measures that will lead to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable Michigan. Here are some key legislative developments we are looking forward to in 2024.
2024 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Utilities in Michigan have too much power, and not the kind that keeps our lights on. Power in Lansing, ensuring that lawmakers don’t hold them accountable in the ways that our communities need. Michigan residents pay some of the highest energy bills in the country yet receive some of the most unreliable service. Despite frequent outages, rate increases, and record profits, utilities are not being held accountable for improving their services. We need laws passed that will force our utilities to prioritize people over profits and deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy for customers, not exorbitant profits for corporate shareholders.
From 1990 - 1995, Michigan had some of the strongest polluter pay laws in the country. Unfortunately, those were repealed, leaving taxpayers to pay to clean up contaminated sites caused by corporate polluters. It is unjust to force communities already dealing with the public health and environmental impacts of pollution to also be charged with cleaning up polluters' messes. Lawmakers have drafted and introduced a series of bills that would bring back accountability in Michigan and place the burden of cost back onto the polluters. This package includes bills that would require many industries to post bonds or hold insurance to cover cleanups in the event that they pollute and allow state and private citizens to sue polluters who have caused them harm.
Strong community solar policies will help make our grid more reliable, decrease energy bills, and give Michigan residents the tools to power their homes and businesses.
Cumulative impacts legislation to ensure critical protections for communities overburdened by air and water pollution
Passage of the Water affordability bill package and septics legislation that will bring Michigan closer to ensuring everyone has access to clean, safe, and affordable water
Critical common sense legislation to ensure we can curb the volume of toxic plastics entering our ecosystem
A climate budget that will maximize state surplus and federal climate dollars from the Inflation Reduction Act.
2025 Budget Priorities
It’s egregious to let corporate polluters pollute our air, land, and water for their economic gain at the expense of the health of our citizens. It's time Michigan holds polluters accountable for the messes they make! Take action right now, by sending a message to your State Representative and Senator and tell them to support polluter accountability legislation.SEND A MESSAGE
Support Water Affordability
Environmental Champion Senator Stephanie Chang has introduced a package of bills that will ensure everyone has access to clean and affordable drinking water. Tell House Speaker Joe Tate and Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks to get these bills passed quickly!SUPPORT WATER AFFORDABILITY
STRONG CLIMATE BUDGET
It's imperative to convey to our state lawmakers that Michigan needs a state budget that prioritizes public transit and clean vehicles, improving water quality and accessibility, and increasing energy efficiency in our homes and businesses. Doing so will attract new residents and effectively safeguard the cherished natural resources that make this state so great. Take action today!SUPPORT A CLIMATE BUDGET