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Karoub Report – October 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 22, 2020

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has advised local election clerks that openly carrying firearms at polling places is not allowed on Election Day; A three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that mailed absentee ballots need to be in the hands of local clerks before 8 p.m. Nov. 3 without any extension for ballots postmarked before election; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bills 886 and 991, which extend unemployment benefits for people who have lost work due to COVID-19, from 20 to 26 weeks until the end of year; Following quickly on the Supreme Court’s ruling against Whitmer’s use of the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act (EPGA), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has largely reinstated aspects of Governor Whitmer’s COVID-19 emergency orders under the Michigan Health Code enacted by the state Legislature following the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918; The Senate unanimously passed HB 6137, that would require DHHS to publicly report weekly the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in nursing homes starting Nov. 15; Gov. Whitmer has issued new emergency rules from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to continue to handle COVID-19; A lawsuit has been filed in the Court of Claims against Whitmer’s use of the executive branch to “issue and enforce emergency orders” that the Michigan Supreme Court ruled illegal; The governor vetoed HB 5443, creating a Kinship Caregiver Advisory Council, citing “technical deficiencies,” but signed HB 5444, which is tie-barred to it, and wants to work with HB 5443 bill sponsor to set up the council.

For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the October 2020 Karoub Report below.

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