Rule changes being considered by one state agency would keep many of the pandemic safety measures in place indefinitely – including mask requirements in retail stores, theaters, sports facilities, and more.
The governor urged school districts to go virtual following spring break.
Lawmakers are threatening Whitmer with a subpoena over a secret golden parachute payout and gag order on former health department director Robert Gordon. And at least two similar, secret agreements have already come to light.
House lawmakers have passed a bill that would shift the authority to close schools and stop some sporting events to local health departments from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruling means Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must seek legislative approval before extending her emergency executive powers related to COVID-19.
The governor doubled down on a policy that goes against recommendations from the state’s leading nursing home association.
Whitmer is expected to veto the bill, which now sits on her desk.
The bill, which passed without opposition, would protect state employees who expose misconduct in government.
"We still don’t know how many paid the ultimate price because of these policies”, Sen. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said before voting.
One Democratic lawmaker called Whitmer's nursing home policy the "most idiotic thing we could come up with.”