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SECTION 7-0107
General functions, powers and duties
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 7
§ 7-0107. General functions, powers and duties.

1. In providing counsel to the Governor on environmental policy
matters, the council shall:

a. Advise the Governor on comprehensive environmental management
policy for the state.

b. At the request of the Governor, provide an overview in both the
public and private sector on matters affecting the environment, giving
its judgment on specific matters referred to it.

c. Develop or cause to be developed guidelines for weighing the
complex interrelationships between environmental quality, economic
development, and the growing population associated with economic growth.

d. Study and from time to time report to the Governor on environmental
conditions and trends in the state.

e. Recommend state environmental policies, including legislation for
implementation thereof, to improve the functioning of the state and the
environment of the state.

2. To assist in carrying out the aforementioned functions as provided
in this section, the council may:

a. Request and shall receive from any court, department, division,
board, bureau, commission or agency of the state or any political
subdivision thereof, such assistance as will enable it properly to carry
out its powers and duties under this section.

b. Make or recommend such special environmental studies as it deems
appropriate or desirable.

c. Hold public and private hearings for specified purposes, take
testimony, subpoena witnesses, and require production of books, records,
and papers.

d. Report its findings to the Governor.