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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 could still be counted until results must be certified, 14 days after the election. Currently, only ballots that arrive before the polls close on Election Day can be counted; In a recent Viewpoint column in the Lansing State Journal, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wrote about lifting the state’s Emergency Order, “While it would be irresponsible to forecast a date, it’s a matter of months.” Whitmer said several factors will inform her when to lift the emergency including: A low number of new cases, sufficient dispersal of a vaccine, availability of therapeutics, a better understanding of immunity, or a combination of these and other considerations; The Senate is expected to take up its own jail reform bills this week. The measures would reduce the number of Michigan residents that would end up behind bars. It would reduce some offenses from misdemeanors to civil infractions, and seek to divert more offenders from jail to treatment programs; For the second time, the Michigan Capitol Commission has rejected motions for weapons bans in the state Capitol building, saying they first want to meet with House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) as requested in a letter to the leaders; The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced residents in certain types of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, independent living facilities, and assisted living facilities, will now be allowed outdoor visits; Gov. Whitmer announced a plan to allow some 625,000 essential workers in Michigan who put time in during the COVID-19 lockdown, but do not have a degree, to be eligible for free college.

For more on these are other legislative issues, please click on the September 2020 Karoub Report below.

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