Skubick: AG Schuette opens up in 2015 review

Attorney General Bill Schuette

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan’s attorney general has ruled out using oil tankers on the Great Lakes to ship oil that now flows underneath the Straits of Mackinac. That’s just one of the topics Bill Schuette touched on in his review of 2015.

A special task force is looking for alternative shipping sources to move oil that now flows through Pipeline Five under the Straits of Mackinac.

The state environmental quality director is looking at using oil tankers and trucks but Attorney General Bill Schuette, who sits on the task force, votes no.
“I don’t think we want tankers on the Great Lakes,” Schuette explains. “That is not wise and I don’t think we want thousands of trucks chugging along over the Mighty Mac and our roads in the state.”

On other issues the Obama administration has recently recalled heavy armored military equipment from local police departments. Mr. Schuette is a no vote on that, too. “I don’t want to tie the hands of law enforcement. The Obama administration is not something I support.”

The attorney general supports concealed weapons in schools but not open carry. But when asked if guns in schools could save lives, he did not answer.

Likewise the attorney general supports the State’s Freedom of Information law but he declined to endorse expanding it to include his former legislative colleagues. “As a former legislator I don’t vote on it today so I’m going to leave it to the current legislature.” When asked if that was a punt, Schuette admitted “I used to be the punter on my football team. I did OK.”

As for his candidate for president, Mr. Schuette says underdog Jeb Bush is not a quitter and has only one way to go: up.

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