The pandemic continues to be the impetus behind much of the state's legislation so far this year. Republican Capital Building Lansing Croppedlawmakers announced a $1 billion plan which would put local school districts in charge of their own coronavirus safety protocols, academic calendars, learning plans and extracurricular activities. The “Return to Learn Plan” sends federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to local school districts so officials can craft their own plans amid COVID-19 concerns. The Legislature passed an $880 million supplemental bill, which was sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, allowing the state to hire 500 additional Unemployment Insurance Agency employees and provide childcare and rental assistance, PPE and COVID-19 testing and more. The Legislature also passed a ‘Cocktails to go’ bill for Michigan bars, which was sent to Gov. Whitmer, who is expected to sign the bill. Whitmer extended the State of Emergency, lifted the Stay at Home Order and issued a ‘Play Ball’ Executive Order for professional sports without fans in the stands. Senate Bill 956 would separate COVID-19 nursing home patients, sending them to a dedicated facility in one of Michigan’s eight health care regions. Regular COVID-19 testing of Michigan nursing home residents has been mandated by the state. A ballot committee called Unlock Michigan is seeking to repeal a 1945 law giving the Governor emergency powers. 

For more details about these and other legislative issues, please click here for the June 2020 Karoub Report.