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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 to the Labor Day weekend; House lawmakers gave final legislative approval to a series of bills aimed at addressing concerns of educators and parents as students prepare to start the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate passed the package during a rare session last Saturday with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signing the bills into law; The Governor vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation (SB 899) that would have given the medical community and nursing homes broad immunity protections against potential lawsuits connected to COVID-19 treatment; Rep. Graham Filler, chair of the House Republican Judiciary Committee, says he wants to hold a hearing right away to protect businesses and universities from the inevitable lawsuits ties to allegations that they are not protecting customers or students from COVID-19; An appeal of a lower court’s ruling that tossed lawsuits challenging the state’s automatic voter registration, challenged ballot and proof of residency requirements will not be heard by the Michigan Supreme Court; Over 2.5 million people voted in the Michigan primary, breaking the record from the 2018 August primary, which was 2.2 million, according to figures reported by the Secretary of State’s office; and the Legislature approved and Gov. Whitmer signed into law HB 5265 and SB 373 that will resolve the $2.2 billion hole in the state’s current budget by using mostly federal money, $350 million from the Rainy Day Fund, fund shifts, and $483 million in hard cuts.

For more details on these legislative issues and others, please click on the August 2020 Karoub Report below.


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