Stamas disappointed with AG Nessel power grab

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Friday said he is disappointed and frustrated that Attorney General Dana Nessel is unwilling or unable to follow the Michigan Constitution or law.

“The attorney general either doesn’t understand that we have co-equal branches of government where the Legislature makes the laws and the executive branch implements the laws or she simply doesn’t care,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Based on her policies and practices so far, the attorney general is going to do whatever it takes to achieve her own political agenda — in place of upholding Michigan law.”

On Thursday, Nessel issued an opinion declaring that a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December was unconstitutional “because its provisions go beyond the scope of what was disclosed in its title.”

“The fact is that the attorney general never liked the Mackinac tunnel proposal, and her action to overturn the law is a pure partisan power grab based on her personal opinion,” Stamas said. “The Mackinac Straits utility tunnel is the best option to protect our Great Lakes, maintain a critical supply of energy to Northern Michigan families and provide well-paying Michigan jobs.”

Stamas is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the General Government subcommittee.