Republican states' lawsuits halted the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Now Democrats hope to replicate the model.
The action came about a month after the high court put on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants.
The president has vowed to veto the resolution.
Facing a tough re-election bid, Ayotte stakes out a moderate position on power plants.
If things don't change, the death toll will double.
"We need to seize the opportunity to make Michigan’s energy decisions in Lansing," Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Legislators could have passed a climate change law to supplant Obama's regulations, but they didn't.
New limits would cut power plant emissions 32 percent by 2030.
Final rule on power plants includes tougher emissions cuts and more renewables.