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House OKs legislation on how state agencies set regulations

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The Michigan House has approved legislation prohibiting state agencies from setting regulations that are more stringent than federal rules without special input from directors.

The measure passed 61-47 Tuesday, with House Democrats voting in opposition.

It would require directors of state agencies to prove "clear and convincing need" to make state rules tougher than federal standards.

Republican supporters say the measure gives Michigan's Legislature more control over what rules state agencies adopt.

Democrats say it runs counter to GOP philosophy by ceding more authority to federal regulators.

They also argue that the measure could impede the state's ability to make regulations specific to Michigan, such as rules dealing with the Great Lakes that might be more stringent than applicable federal standards.

The plan now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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