Nessel joins nationwide AGs in environment, gun control, health care efforts

    Dana Nessel
    Attorney General Dana Nessel at press conference on clergy sexual abuse | Michael Gerstein

    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday that she was joining efforts from attorneys general across the country to fight the President Trump administration on its gun control, environmental, and health care policies.

    Nessel joined a Supreme Court brief in support of existing gun regulations, a comment letter opposing a change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s Affordable Clean Energy rule.

    In a statement announcing the health care letter, Nessel said, “There is no place for discrimination in our country. … We cannot stand silent while our federal government attempts to undermine our core values at every turn.”

    The proposed change in question to the ACA could reduce access to health care for women and LGBTQ people by changing the definition of sex discrimination under the law. The EPA’s new rule eases limits on fossil fuel-based energy production put in place by the Obama Administration, leading Nessel and others to call it the “Dirty Power Plan.” 

    In the brief from the attorneys general over firearms regulation, they argue for the constitutionality of a New York City regulation that restricted the transportation of guns. The attorneys general say their defense of the law is part of a broader effort to protect states and localities’ right to regulate guns as they see fit.

    In their statement, Nessel’s office argues that “the Supreme Court has made clear that state and local governments throughout the nation may tailor their firearm safety regulations to deal with varying circumstances in each local jurisdiction – a choice New York City made to protect public safety in the largest, densest, and most urbanized major city in the nation.”

    The 60-day comment period on the Trump administration’s new ACA rule ended Tuesday. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, the firearms case in which Nessel has filed a brief, is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Derek Robertson
    Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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