The Legislature has approved measures designed to resolve a $2.2 billion hole in the state’s current budget with mainly federal money, $350 million from the Rainy Day Fund, fund shifts, and $483 million in cuts. As COVID-19 reaches the highest level since May, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued her two newest executive orders related to wearing masks. One order requires individuals wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces and that businesses open to the public Capital Building Lansing Croppedrefuse entry and/or service for people who refuse to wear masks. The other order requires public safety officers wear masks if it doesn't interfere with them doing their job and requires businesses to ask non-mask wearing customers to confirm they are not able to medically tolerate a mask before entry. The Michigan Civil Service Commission adopted a measure requiring state workers, who are union members, to reauthorize membership annually. Gov. Whitmer created a nursing home task force to recommend how COVID-19 patients should be treated in the event of a second wave of the virus. SB 899, passed by the House, would give the medical community broad immunity protection against potential legal suits dealing with COVID-19 treatment. A ballot committee called Unlock Michigan is attempting to repeal a 1945 law that gives the Michigan Governor emergency powers by sending a proposal to the Legislature for a vote before the end of the year. The State Board of Canvassers (SBC) has okayed the petition and summary language for a petition. Meanwhile, a group called Keep Michigan Safe claims the Board of State Canvassars did not provide proper notice of their vote on Unlock Michigan’s petition.

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