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Russ Harding is a senior environmental policy analyst at the conservate Michigan state think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He represents Mackinac as a member of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force of the right-wing bill mill the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In January 2011, he wrote an article for ALEC's member publication, Inside ALEC, titled "Blueprint for Environmental Regulatory Reform." In it, he advocated for privatization of the administration of state government regulatory agencies and for stripping regulatory agencies of the ability to propose binding regulations. The article also called for a periodic review and sunset of regulations, and for state laws to prevent regulatory agencies from promulgating regulations more stringent than federal requirements. His reasoning: "Cumbersome state regulatory programs that hinder job creation are a serious problem that requires bold action from lawmakers." He has advocated for ALEC's Right to Farm Act.
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- Russ Harding, American Legislative Exchange Council, Blueprint for Environmental Regulatory Reform, Inside ALEC, organizational newsletter, January 2011.
- Russ Harding, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Detroiters May Lose Right to Garden, organizational publication, September 28, 2010.
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