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COVID-19 bills extend unemployment, provide lawsuit protection, address nursing home safety

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 14, 2020

The Michigan Legislature passed several COVID-19 related bills in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, which are expected to be signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Since the Michigan Supreme Court recently invalidated all COVID-19 executive orders issued by Gov. Whitmer since April 30, the legislature returned to session to address COVID-19 legislation. […]

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Karoub Associates details impact of Supreme Court’s decision on Governor’s emergency powers

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 5, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Oct. 2 that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to declare states of emergency in response to COVID-19 without the approval of state lawmakers. The court ruled 4-3 that the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act is unconstitutional. The governor used that law to declare emergencies […]

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The Washington Report – Oct. 2, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 2, 2020

Just after midnight on Sept. 30, the President signed into law a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government and all its departments, agencies and programs through Dec. 11, 2020, averting a government shutdown. With that out of the way, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held last minute talks this […]

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Governor reopens movie theaters, performance and other venues

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 29, 2020

Executive Orders expand gathering limits, require face coverings for K-5 students Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer amended the MI Safe Start Executive Order to reopen movie theaters, performance and other venues across the state and increased gathering limits effective Oct. 9. She also issued an order requiring face coverings be worn by K-5 students in classrooms. […]

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Karoub Report – September 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 23, 2020

Local governments and school districts will be spared budget cutting in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 under a target agreement on spending parameters reached by legislative leaders and Budget Director Chris Kolb; State Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens has ruled ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 must be counted. Under the ruling, late-arriving mail-in ballots […]

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Washington Report – Sept. 18, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 18, 2020

In response to the senseless ambush attack on two Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs on Sept. 12, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) tried to bring the Thin Blue Line Act (S. 1508) up for a vote on the Senate floor. In a move called a live unanimous consent vote, Toomey called on his colleagues to join him […]

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Applications open for free college education through ‘Future for Frontliners’

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 10, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Michigan essential workers, who worked during the COVID-19 lockdown, can now apply for tuition-free college education or technical certificates if they don’t already have a college degree. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that $24 million has been set aside through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the […]

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Gyms, pools reopen, fall sports move forward under Whitmer’s Executive Orders

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 4, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the reopening of gyms and pools at reduced capacity with COVID-19 safety restrictions and gave the go ahead for fall sports under two Executive Orders. However, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services warned against contact sports. Effective Sept. 9, Executive Orders 175 and 176 allow for organized sports practices and […]

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Washington Report – Aug. 28, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 28, 2020

NAPO President Mick McHale addressed the Republican National Convention about NAPO’s support for and decision to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election; The President signed into law 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 due to […]

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Karoub Report – August 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 20, 2020

With every region of the state showing an uptick in new cases of COVID-19 over the past several weeks, and daily case counts in late July exceeding 50 cases per million statewide, according to Gov. Whitmer’s office, she has signed an executive order extending the Emergency Act to September 4th — the Friday leading up […]

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