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Rep. Johnson Introduces Bill to Exempt Michigan-Made Gas Cans from Federal Regulation
RELEASE|February 23, 2021

Last week, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced House Bill 4272, which allows gas cans made, sold and used in Michigan to be exempt from federal EPA regulations.

“The gas can is a prime example of government regulations ruining a perfectly fine product made by the private sector,” said Johnson, of Wayland. “Government should not be making the lives of its citizens more difficult or more complicated.”

Overbearing federal environmental regulations have resulted in self-venting gas can designs which often makes pouring fuel a frustrating task for even the most patient of individuals. Johnson’s bill simply states that gas cans manufactured, sold and used in Michigan would not be subject to interstate commerce laws, and therefore not subject to federal EPA regulations.

“I received overwhelming positive feedback from across the state after introducing this bill my first term,” said Johnson. “This strikes a chord with Michiganders, since reading instructions to use a gas can that is going to leak all over is the last thing that they want on their mind when mowing the lawn or filling up their boat after a long day of work. This is an important opportunity for government to get out of the way and let a simple product do a simple task.”

House Bill 4272 has been referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism for further consideration.

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