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House Passes Vaccine Passport Ban

Jun 04, 2021

The House passed legislation prohibiting a state agency or local government from issuing documentation certifying an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccine. It would prohibit a state or local governmental entity from requiring vaccination documentation as a condition of receiving a public service. It also prohibits any governmental fees or penalties based on COVID-19 vaccination […]

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Mask Mandate Lifting

May 14, 2021

After more than a year, beginning May 15 at 9 a.m., fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors under an updated epidemic order issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). However, individual businesses can continue to have discretion on requirements they place on people visiting their […]

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Guidance Released for States and Locals on Latest COVID-19 Relief Funding

May 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Treasury has provided guidance on how the latest round of $350 billion in emergency funding may be used by state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. Known as the “Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds,” the goal of the relief is to support the response efforts to continue to decrease the […]

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Governor Outlines Federal Funding Priorities

Apr 16, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her funding priorities as the state readies for more than $18 billion in federal funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Of that funding, state government is expected to receive $5.7 billion, local governments are set to receive $4.4 billion, and $3.9 billion will be directed to K-12 schools. The […]

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Governor Asks Residents to Avoid Indoor Dining and Youth Sports

Apr 09, 2021

Given the massive rise in case numbers, positivity rates, and hospitalizations, at a press conference today Governor Gretchen Whitmer called on Michigan residents to take steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Experts are tying the rising cases to a lack of compliance by residents and an increase in variants. She also stated Michigan […]

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Legislature Sends Vetoed Spending to Governor

Mar 19, 2021

This week, the House and Senate approved of legislation appropriating COVID-19 of relief funding. The bills contain reallocated funding that was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last week. Funding within the bills include: $300 million in grants to offset property tax payments for affected homeowners and businesses. $150 million for the Unemployment Trust Fund. $55 […]

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Testing Requirements in Youth Sports Updated, Outdoor Stadium Capacity Expands

Mar 19, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated their Gatherings and Mask epidemic order, allowing up to 20% capacity in outdoor stadiums and arenas that establish infection control plans. The changes take effect March 22 and remain in effect through April 19. Specifically, outdoor stadiums and arenas can increase capacity if the site: Establishes […]

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Senators’ Request for Investigation into Governor Declined

Mar 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to a request by Senator Jim Runestad (R-White Lake), and signed by additional state senators, to open an investigation into Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 patients in Michigan nursing homes. On February 23, the senators signed a letter raising concerns regarding the governor’s COVID-19 processes and policies for nursing […]

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