State Senator Kent Eken Comments Confirmation Hearings, Resignation of MPCA Commissioner

State Senator Kent Eken Comments Confirmation Hearings, Resignation of MPCA Commissioner

July 8, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

St. Paul, MN — Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner Laura Bishop resigned on Tuesday prior to the Minnesota Senate’s scheduled confirmation hearing with the Governor Walz appointee. Bishop had already been in office for almost two years, but had the Senate not confirmed her appointment, she would have been removed from office immediately. However, under the assumption that the Senate would not confirm her, she chose to resign instead. Republican Senate Leadership cited a number of concerns regarding Bishop’s policy rulings, including the very controversial Clean Cars rules, which would require new cars and trucks sold in Minnesota to meet California emission standards and force dealerships to increase their stock of eco-friendly vehicles.

Regardless of Bishop’s policies, District 4 State Senator Kent Eken of Twin Valley says he was not a fan of the Senate’s decision to hold confirmation hearings so long after Walz’s appointees being in office.

While he was impressed with the delayed confirmation hearings, Senatore notes that he also is not a big fan of the now former Commissioner Bishop’s policies nor their ability to implement rules without legislative approval.

The Senate did not take any action on any other of Governor’s Walz appointments. Eken says the hearings were an odd blemish on what was actually a good, bipartisan special session.

Listen to the full interview with Senator Eken below: