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Governor caps indoor gatherings at 10, halts indoor bar service, reopens Detroit casinos

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 30, 2020


Workplace safeguards revised By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor In response to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders which restrict indoor gatherings to 10 people and close indoor bar service statewide. The measures also reopen Detroit casinos while revising workplace safeguards. Executive Order 2020-160, which takes effect July 31, limits indoor […]

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Washington Report – July 24, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 24, 2020


The White House, Republican and Democratic Congressional leadership are working towards beginning discussions about the next coronavirus aid package, which the White House hopes to have wrapped by the time Congress adjourns for a month-long recess on August 7; Congress passed S. 3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act, which establishes a presumption under PSOB […]

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Karoub Report – July 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 23, 2020


The Legislature approved measures designed to resolve a $2.2 billion hole in the state’s current budget using mostly federal money, $350 million from the Rainy Day Fund, fund shifts, and $483 million in hard cuts; With COVID-19 at the highest level since May, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued her two newest executive orders. The first […]

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Congress passes COVID-19 presumption for PSOB

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 21, 2020


NAPO announced a major victory with Congress passing S. 3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act, which establishes a presumption under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program that an officer’s death or disability from contracting COVID-19 is in the line of duty. The bill was sent to the President to be signed into law. […]

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Whitmer’s order requires public safety officers wear face masks with some exceptions

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 17, 2020


Customers must confirm medical reasons for non-compliance Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order which requires public safety officers to wear face coverings, with exceptions, and businesses to ask customers for confirmation of their medical reason for not wearing a mask. Executive Order 2020-153 clarifies mask rules established in Executive Order 2020-147. The exception for […]

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Governor strengthens mask requirements in businesses, includes outdoor crowds

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 10, 2020


With Michigan COVID-19 cases climbing in recent weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order, requiring businesses to turn away customers who refuse to wear face coverings – with some exceptions. Masks must also be worn in crowded outdoor areas. Beginning July 13, Executive Order 2020-147 makes willful violation of the order a misdemeanor […]

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Washington Report – July 2, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 2, 2020


As the Senate adjourns for a two week recess July 3, police reform legislation hangs in the balance.  On June 24, Democrats in the Senate blocked the motion to proceed on Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) police reform legislation, the Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act (S. 3985), essentially filibustering the bill. […]

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As cases rise statewide, Governor announces state will not advance re-opening

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 30, 2020


With COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will not be advancing reopening the state before the July 4th holiday weekend. “We’re in a stronger position than many other states that are seeing a major resurgence,” Whitmer said. “But our numbers are not as strong today as they were a […]

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Karoub Report – June 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 30, 2020


COVID-19 continues to shape legislation as Republican lawmakers introduce a $1 billion “Return to Learn Plan” which steers federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to local school districts so officials craft their own safety protocols, learning plans, academic calendars and extracurricular activities addressing COVID-19 concerns; Unlock Michigan is seeking to repeal […]

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Police Reform: Senate Democrats block Republican proposal, House set to vote on Justice in Policing Act

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 24, 2020


Senate Democrats blocked the motion to proceed on Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) police reform legislation, the Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act (S. 3985), essentially filibustering the bill. Democrats do not feel the JUSTICE Act goes far enough and want Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan solution for the Senate to vote […]

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