MLC April Updates

The Michigan Legislative Consultants (MLC) shares the following updates with our members to keep you informed on what’s happening at the State Capitol in our MLC April Updates.

This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 1,350
  • Total Cases: 36,641
  • Day’s Deaths: 108
  • Total Deaths: 3,085

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 439
  • Total Cases: 14,581
  • Day’s Deaths: 31
  • Total Deaths: 649

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued one new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-59 – Extends the Stay-at-Home order through May 15 and eases certain restrictions from the prior order. Requires face masks when in an enclosed public building.

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order

On April 24, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the current stay-at-home order through May 15, with a few changes. One notable difference from prior orders requires residents to wear a face-covering when they are in an enclosed public space. It also requires employers to provide face coverings to their employees. However, no one will be subject to a criminal penalty for violating this portion of the order.

The order also lifts some earlier restrictions, allowing certain workers to go back to work, including; landscapers, lawn-services, and nurseries. Retailers can also reopen for curbside pick-up and delivery.

“After Governor Whitmer’s last stay-at-home order, many residents and legislators were vocal in their opposition to certain prohibitions. This order eases on some of those restrictions, such as travel between residences, as well as golfing and motorized boating,” explained Craig Ryan of MLC.

Friday, April 24 – Statewide Economic Impact

Michigan Articles

  • Governor Whitmer announced a $2/hour temporary pay increase for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Education is applying for nearly $390 million from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Click here to read more.
  • Detroit Medical Center CEO Audrey Gregory gave an interview to the Free Press on the health system’s response to COVID-19. Click here to read the interview.
  • Earlier today, Governor Whitmer gave a press conference, providing an update to the state’s response and outlining her most recent stay-at-home order. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation from the conference.
  • Jury trials will be delayed until June under an order by the Michigan Supreme CourtClick here to read more.
  • In a rare Friday session, the Senate voted to limit gubernatorial powers during an emergency. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Experts agree contact tracing is key to reopening the economy. States across the country are utilizing federal funds to begin the large task. Click here to read more.
  • The Centers for Disease Control is now warning against using an anti-malarial drug that was once hoped to be a potential treatment for the virus. Click here to read more.
  • The Federal government has updated its guidelines on prisoner release. Click here to read more.
  • Congressional remote working is remaining a partisan issue in the House and an agreement doesn’t seem to be possible anytime soon. Click here to read more.
  • According to the latest numbers from the Congressional Budget Office, the nation’s budget deficit is projected to reach $4 trillion in 2020, the economy will shrink by 5.6%, and the unemployment rate will almost reach 12%. Click here to read more.
  • President Trump signed the latest round of federal aid, which includes additional funds to help small businesses. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-59 – Extends the Stay-at-Home order through May 15 and eases certain restrictions from the prior order. Requires face masks when in an enclosed public building.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-58 – Extends the deadline for case-initiation of civil and probate matters.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-57 – Expands eligibility for unemployment benefits.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-56 – Extends the previous order, allowing pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55 – Creates the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-54 – Extends the prohibition on evictions or demanding possession of premises for nonpayment through May 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-53 – Extends the restrictions through May 15 on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 1,325
  • Total Cases: 35,291
  • Day’s Deaths: 164
  • Total Deaths: 2,977

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 58
  • Total Cases: 14,142
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 618

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued two new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-57 – Expands eligibility for unemployment benefits.
  • Executive Order 2020-58 – Extends the deadline for case-initiation of civil and probate matters.

Governor Expands Unemployment Eligibility

On April 22, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-57, expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. The order expands the state’s workshare program, which she hopes will help employers reduce layoffs. It also extends unemployment benefits to workers who voluntarily left a job after accepting new employment but were unable to start their new position due to the pandemic. Additionally, it allows anyone with an active unemployment claim to receive up to 26 weeks of benefits, suspends the requirement for an individual seeking unemployment to request registration and work search waiver, and expands cost-sharing with employers to reduce layoffs. Due to the overwhelming demand on the agency, the order also allows Unemployment Insurance Agency retirees to keep their retirement benefits if they return to work to process unemployment claims or serve on the Occupational Health and Safety Commission.

Thursday, April 23 – Statewide Economic Impact

Michigan Articles

  • Governor Whitmer plans on extending the current stay-at-home past May 1, when it is currently set to expire. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of State has temporarily laid off 60% of its workforce. Click here to read more.
  • Under new guidelines, all essential workers can get tested for COVID-19 and residents with symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s order. Click here to read more.
  • In April alone, restaurants in the state are expected to lose $1.2 billion in sales. Click here to read more.
  • The Unemployment Insurance Agency has paid out over $1 billion in benefits to an estimated 820,000 unemployment Michigan residents. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • There are five key parts of the latest round of federal aid, which passed the Senate earlier this week. Click here to read more.
  • Experts are concerned that some states are reopening too soon. Click here to read more.
  • Some of the states seeing the highest unemployment numbers are states that helped President Trump win the presidency in 2016. How will that impact his chances this November? Click here to read more.
  • State and local governments are asking the federal government for additional funding to help fill budget shortfalls. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-58 – Extends the deadline of case-initiation of civil and probate matters.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-57 – Expands eligibility for unemployment benefits.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-56 – Extends the previous order, allowing pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55 – Creates the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-54 – Extends the prohibition on evictions or demanding possession of premises for nonpayment through May 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-53 – Extends the restrictions through May 15 on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 999
  • Total Cases: 33,966
  • Day’s Deaths: 113
  • Total Deaths: 2,813

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 359
  • Total Cases: 14,084
  • Day’s Deaths: 46
  • Total Deaths: 603

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued one new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-56 – Extends the previous order, allowing pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.

Attorney General Seeks Price Freeze

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of attorneys general in asking Congress to temporarily freeze the prices of medical equipment and supplies during the outbreak. The shortage of personal protective equipment and ventilators has been at the forefront of concerns in responding to the crisis. The shortages have resulted in competitive bidding among public and private entities, resulting in higher costs.

“This especially hits hard for public entities who are facing budget shortfalls due to reduced revenue as a direct result of the pandemic,” explained Patti Tremblay of MLC.

Wednesday, April 22 – Statewide Economic Impact

Michigan Articles

  • The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting Federal approval of changes to allow Medicaid enrollees to receive home or community-based care. Click here to read more.
  • Lt. Governor Gilchrist spoke about the racial disparities among those affected by the virus. Click here to watch the video.
  • Twenty-five percent of staff at the Michigan Attorney General’s office are being laid off. Click here to read more.
  • Governor Whitmer is expected to announce a layoff of state employees due to budget pressures resulting from declining revenue. Click here to read more.
  • On April 20, Governor Whitmer spoke out against those opposing her stay-at-home order, stating the pandemic requires sacrifices. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services will begin requiring long-term care facilities to submit daily updates to the state. Click here to read more.
  • The State has received over $2 million in federal funding for mental health services in response to the virus. Click here to read more.
  • The City of Lansing has released a FAQ in relation to COVID-19 and city services such as voting, parking, parks, and recreation. Click here to read the full document.

National Articles

  • The government response to COVID-19 isn’t as large scale as it needs to be and is falling short of what is necessary. Click here to read more.
  • second wave of COVID-19 is expected this winter and it’s anticipated to be worse than the current pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • The FDA released information on the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Plan, which includes 72 current clinical trials. Click here to read more.
  • The Justice Department is considering taking legal action against the governors who they feel are infringing on citizen’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Each state has its own plan to reopen its state and those vary in all types of manners, such as when schools, businesses, and the government will reopen. Click here to read a synopsis of where each state currently stands.
  • After working towards a plan to allow for remote voting, the House has scrapped their plan to vote this week on enacting the rule. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-56 – Extends the previous order, allowing pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55 – Creates the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-54 – Extends the prohibition on evictions or demanding possession of premises for nonpayment through May 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-53 – Extends the restrictions through May 15 on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 967
  • Total Cases: 32,967
  • Day’s Deaths: 232
  • Total Deaths: 2,700

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 1,209
  • Total Cases: 13,725
  • Day’s Deaths: 66
  • Total Deaths: 557

Governor Appoints MI Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

Through Executive Order 2020-55, Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. Chaired by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, the task force will consist of the director of the Department of Health and Human Services, the state’s chief medical executive, and 24 members appointed by the governor, reflecting diverse geographic, economic, racial, cultural, gender, and occupational composition of the state. Among those appointed is Mr. Jamie Stuck, Tribal Council Chairman, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (an MLC client).

“Congratulations to Chairman Stuck on his appointment to this task force. His representation of the Tribal community, especially those families impacted by COVID-19, is a testament to the trust the administration has with the Huron Band. His years of Tribal leadership and compassion for the Tribal membership will provide an excellent resource and steady hand as the commission develops recommendations,” said Brendan Ringlever of MLC.

The task force is charged with studying the racial disparities in the impact of the virus and provide recommendations to increase transparency, remove barriers, reduce the impact of bias, mitigate environmental and infrastructure factors, and develop ways to support long-term economic recovery, among many other tasks.

For more information on the task force, please click here.

Tuesday, April 21 – Statewide Economic Impact

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

There are no new Executive Orders since our last posting. While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55 – Creates the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-54 – Extends the prohibition on evictions or demanding possession of premises for nonpayment through May 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-53 – Extends the restrictions through May 15 on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 576
  • Total Cases: 32,000
  • Day’s Deaths: 77
  • Total Deaths: 2,468

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 1,224
  • Total Cases: 12,516
  • Day’s Deaths: 38
  • Total Deaths: 491

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued three new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-53 – Extends the restrictions through May 15 on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • Executive Order 2020-54 – Extends the prohibition on evictions or demanding possession of premises for nonpayment through May 15.
  • Executive Order 2020-55 – Creates the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

House Republicans Detail Plan to Reopen Michigan

On Monday, April 20, the House Republicans released their plan, which is a three-step process to get Michigan back towards a semblance of normal life. It relies on a risk-based, regional approach, instead of a statewide approach, as Governor Whitmer has utilized. “Speaker Chatfield has spoken out against a one-size-fits-all approach, in favor of a regional approach. This plan reflects that belief and will treat different regions throughout the state differently, depending on the activity level of the virus in their area,” said Craig Ryan of MLC.

During step one, counties would be placed into three tiers: highest risk, heightened risk, and standard risk. The criteria for assigning a county into a tier include the hospital admission rate, the rate of spread, reported deaths, and percentage of growth. However, the plan places Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties into Tier 1, the highest risk. Activity levels allowed within the county would be based on the tier they are placed in.

Additionally, the plan creates a transition task force, whose members include the Chief Medical Officer, a small business owner, a representative of labor, and more.

For more information, please visit gophouse.org/michigans-comeback-roadmap.

Monday, April 20 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • Governor Whitmer stated her intentions to work towards opening businesses, but the lack of available testing is holding any movement back. Click here to read more.
  • How former MLC lobbyist, Detroit resident, and Michigan’s premier soccer executive is managing his soccer club through COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • While once a hotspot of cases, Detroit is finally seeing some declining numbers. However, as SE Michigan shows improvement, outstate cases are on the rise. Click here to read more.
  • The Detroit Police Department has been hit hard by coronavirus, including numerous positive tests, quarantines, and deaths throughout their ranks. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Department of Treasury provided additional guidance for businesses on tax filing deadlines as a result of COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • The U.S. Senate will be in session tomorrow where it is anticipated they may be able to pass another round of aid in response to COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • In order for life to get back to normal in a safe manner, the country will need to ramp up the number of tests completed to 20 million. Click here to read more.
  • The restriction of non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. has been extended for an additional thirty-days. Click here to read more.
  • The Government Accountability Office is beginning its internal audits and will provide some of the first information into how the administration is handling the pandemic. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55 – Creates the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-54 – Extends the prohibition on evictions or demanding possession of premises for nonpayment through May 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-53 – Extends the restrictions through May 15 on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 760
  • Total Cases: 30,023
  • Day’s Deaths: 134
  • Total Deaths: 2,227

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 619
  • Total Cases: 8,858
  • Day’s Deaths: 28
  • Total Deaths: 401

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued one new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.

Republicans Seek to Reduce Gubernatorial Powers

Republicans in the Michigan House and Senate are seeking to reduce a governor’s powers during an emergency. Unhappy with the most recent stay-at-home order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Republican members have introduced legislation that would repeal the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act and amend the Emergency Management Act. Among other changes, it would reduce the amount of time a governor can declare a state of emergency from 28 to 14 days.

“If the House and Senate were to pass this legislation, it would most likely pass on a partisan basis and it’s anticipated that Governor Whitmer would veto the legislation,” explained Matt Sowash of MLC.

Friday, April 17 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • In an interview this morning, Governor Whitmer said she hopes to start opening parts of the state on May 1. Click here to read more.
  • Unemployment claims are continuing to rise in Michigan and are three times more than during the recession. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new website for residents featuring science-backed, evidence-based meditations and at-home workouts. Click here to visit the website.
  • Residents in states across the country are protesting the stay-at-home orders instituted by the governors in their state. Click here to read more.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is seeking legal immunity for employers from employees who get COVID-19 while working. Click here to read more.
  • The union is seeking help from Congress for pension plans nearing insolvency. Click here to read more.
  • The method for attributing death to COVID-19 varies by state. Click here to read more.
  • Discussions on additional Federal aid will continue through the weekend as members of the Republican and Democratic Caucuses, along with the White House, continue negotiations. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-52 – Temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certificates.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 1,204
  • Total Cases: 29,263
  • Day’s Deaths: 172
  • Total Deaths: 2,093

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 611
  • Total Cases: 8,239
  • Day’s Deaths: 37
  • Total Deaths: 373

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued one new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-51 – Extends until May 13 the expanded capacity for childcare services for health care workers, first responders, and other members of the essential workforce.

Midwest Coalition Formed

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has joined the governors of six other Midwest states to work on a regional plan to reopen the economy. Together, they will look at four key factors when determining the best time to reopen the economy:

  • Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalization
  • Enhanced ability to test and trace
  • Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence
  • Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

“By forming a regional approach, the member states can operate in a way that helps the region as a whole, ensuring that no state is left behind. Additionally, the states can pool talent and resources to work toward an end-goal that will help each of the states find success,” explained Tony Des Chenes of MLC. In addition to Michigan, the coalition includes the governors of Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

For more information, please click here.

Thursday, April 16 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • Another 5.2 million American’s filed for unemployment last week, moving the country closer to numbers last seen during the Great Depression. Click here to read more.
  • Governor Whitmer gave an interview to Bridge, sharing her thoughts on the state’s response thus far, and how she’s navigating the crisis. Click here to read more.
  • Twelve small businesses and nonprofits have been awarded a total of $1 million through the Pure Michigan Business Connect COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants Program. Click here to read more.
  • Governor Whitmer, along with the governors of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, sent a letter to President Trump requesting additional Federal aid for state and local governments facing budgetary shortfalls. Click here to read the full letter.
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan presented the plan on how the city would address the projected $348 million budget shortfall. Click here to watch his presentation.
  • As President Trump seeks to reopen the country, some are raising concerns that the level of testing isn’t anywhere near where it needs to be in order to begin a return to normalcy. Click here to read more.
  • The Small Business Association announced they have used up all the federal funds appropriated for small business loans. Click here to read more.
  • A bipartisan group of Congressional members has formed a task force to advise the White House on when to loosen public health restrictions and reopen the economy. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-51 – Extends the expansion of childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency through May 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-50 – The state will work with long-term care facilities to establish regional hubs, which will provide higher levels of care and services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-49 – Extends until May 12 the authority for the departments to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-48 – Extends until May 12 the ability for local boards, commissions, councils, nonprofit boards, and others, to meet utilizing telephones or video conferencing.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 1,366
  • Total Cases: 27,001
  • Day’s Deaths: 166
  • Total Deaths: 1,768

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 272
  • Total Cases: 7,153
  • Day’s Deaths: 41
  • Total Deaths: 309

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued five new Executive Orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • Executive Order 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • Executive Order 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • Executive Order 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • Executive Order 2020-27 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.

Governor Kick Starts Liquor Buy Back Program

As a result of restaurants and bars being closed for dining in, many have called for financial relief such as having the state buyback excess spirits or to be able to sell full bottles of spirits, such as stores do. To provide some financial relief, on Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-26, which directs the state’s Liquor Control Commission to use their revolving fund to buy remaining on-premise licensee inventory purchased prior to March 16, 2020, for the full purchase price.

“The governor’s order closing restaurants and bars, except for takeout, placed a heavy burden on the food and drink industry. This is one step that the on-premise industry asked for to help ease their financial burden while helping to keep a critical industry afloat during these economically challenging times. While there are very significant questions about how the program will function, the MLCC has already devised plans to implement the buy-back and is communicating with on-premise licensees, suppliers, and ADAs,” said Brendan Ringlever of MLC. “Licensees approved for the program have 90 days after Michigan’s emergency order and disaster declaration are lifted to re-purchase the spirits from the Commission.”

The Commission met on Tuesday morning to take official action on this order by adopting Administrative Order 2020-16, which will be updated on the MLCC website: www.michigan.org/lcc. That order lays out the process more clearly. Licensees must make their request no later than April 17 at 5 p.m. via an online form.

Tuesday, April 14 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • Cases of COVID-19 in Michigan have raised much higher and faster than neighboring Ohio. There are six reasons why that may be the case. Click here to read more.
  • The most recent stay-at-home order has sparked a lot of confusion among residents as to what is, and isn’t, allowed under the order. Click here to read answers to 20 FAQs.
  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 yesterday. Click here to watch the full video.
  • Michigan is third highest in the nation for unemployment claims and the Unemployment Insurance Agency is struggling to keep up with the high demand. Click here to read more.
  • Six Republican members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer expressing their concerns with her most recent stay-at-home Executive Order. Click here to read the letter.
  • Oakland County issued an order mandating all essential workers to wear face masks. Click here to read more.
  • As states across the country work to draft budgets for the upcoming Fiscal Year, governors will have hard choices to make in response to the massive reductions in revenue that many will face. Click here to read more.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a guide for rural communities, which provides information on the resources available for assistance. Click here to read the guide.
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer may reach an agreement in the coming days on another round of federal aid. Click here to read more.
  • After a major food supplier is forced to shut down a plant following a virus outbreak among workers, it brings into the forefront the question if those in the food supply chain should receive personal protection equipment. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-47 – Temporarily extends the expiration of driver’s licenses, state id cards, and commercial vehicle registration that expires during the emergency declaration.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-46 – Tasks the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to initiate a spirits buy-back program for bars and restaurants.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-45 – Extends the allowance of certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone in place of in-person hearings through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-44 – Extends the relief from weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-43 – Extends the prior restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 30. This includes restaurants, gyms, theaters, and more.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Day’s Cases: 997
  • Total Cases: 25,635
  • Day’s Deaths: 115
  • Total Deaths: 1,602

Ohio

  • Day’s Cases: 277
  • Total Cases: 6,881
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 268

Monday, April 13 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • The Senate Fiscal Agency released its March 2020 revenue report. While this partially reflects the shut-down, the full brunt to the economy as a result of COVID-19 isn’t expected to be felt until the April 2020 report. Click here to view the full report.
  • Starting today, new segments of the state’s population are eligible for $600 in unemployment funds, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. Click here to read more.
  • Thirteen new and expanded drive-through testing sites across Michigan have been announced. Click here to find out their locations.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden wrote an opinion piece sharing his plan to reopen the country’s economy. Click here to read more.
  • Governors in multiple states are up for reelection this November, their response to the Coronavirus crisis could make or break their chances for another term in office. Click here to read more.
  • Physicians and scientists in forty-six states, including Michigan, are hoping to use the plasma from recovered Coronavirus patients to help prevent and treat new patients. Click here to read more.
  • The U.S. Senate held a brief pro forma meeting on Monday; however, they did not make any progress on another round of federal aid in response to COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month via telephone. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Chamber of Commerce released preliminary results of a report showing that the majority of their members plan to reopen for business once the stay-at-home Executive Order is expired. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders:

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-42 – Extends the stay-at-home order through the end of April.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-41 – Allows the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-40 – Waives International Fuel Tax Association credentialing requirements for motor carriers delivering certain products.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-39 – Suspends certain requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Statistics

Michigan

  • Total Cases: 18,970
  • Total Deaths: 845

Ohio

  • Total Cases: 4,782
  • Total Deaths: 167

Tuesday, April 7 – Statewide Economic Impact

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new executive order. All current Executive Orders are hyperlinked below.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, April 6, 2020.

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued two new executive order (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending until May 3.
  • Executive Order 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.

Monday, April 6 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • Ahead of Tuesday, April 7’s scheduled session day, House Speaker Lee Chatfield and House Democratic Leader Christine Greig traded letters over the weekend. Click here to read both letters.
  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested the legislature to extend the emergency declaration and extend the governor’s authority, however, the Republican House and Senate leadership isn’t quite on board. Click here to read more.
  • State Representative Karen Whitsett, a Democratic member from Detroit, has tested positive for COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • Michigan ranks third in the country for COVID-19 cases, and Vice President Mike Pence has pledged the Federal government’s support as the state works to combat the virus. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring physicians and funeral homes to quickly report COVID-19 suspected deaths in the department. Click here to read the order.
  • The Michigan Strategic Fund approved modifications to the Business Accelerator Fund to provide greater support to businesses in the statewide SmartZone network serving startups and high-tech companies impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
  • The Department of Natural Resources reminded residents that while most state parks, trails, and boating facilities remain open, they are closely monitoring adherence to proper social distancing practices. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-38 – Allows public bodies to defer portions of FOIA requests that would require workers to report to work in-person.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-37 – Renews the previous restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, extending it until May 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Friday, April 3, 2020.

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new executive order (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.

Friday, April 3 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring compliance with Executive Orders. Violators could face fines up to $1,000 and referral to licensing agencies for enforcement. Click here to read more.
  • Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and former Lt. Governor Brian Calley teamed up to announce a coalition to support small businesses while seeking Federal loans. Click here to visit the website.
  • The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit is beginning the first large scale national drug trial for the effectiveness of COVID-positive patients. Click here to read more.
  • In response to COVID, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is seeking federal approval to changes to the state’s Medicaid program. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court is urging county jails to work quickly to reduce the number of people incarcerated. Click here to read more.
  • Nearly half of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan are in Wayne CountyClick here to read some of the latest data.
  • The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that by this summer the national unemployment rate could hit 12%. Click here to read more.
  • As the jobless rate continues to increase, Republican Senators are beginning talks on another round of Federal aid. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-36 – Prohibits employers from firing or disciplining an employee who stays home if they or someone close to them tests positive for COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.


This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued three new executive orders (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • Executive Order 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • Executive Order 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Thursday, April 2 – Statewide Economic Impact

  • The economic impact of the Coronavirus may have a greater negative impact, and for longer, than earlier predictions. Click here to read.
  • Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to keep K-12 schools closed, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Click here to read some of the answers to those top questions.
  • Detroit is the first city in the country to receive 15-minute COVID testing kits. Click here to read more.
  • Claims for unemployment in Michigan doubled in the past week. Click here to read more.
  • Attorney General Dana Nessel joined 20 other attorneys general in signing a letter to the Federal government, urging them to set aside all non-essential rulemaking not related to the COVID crisis. Click here to read the letter.
  • The Democratic National Convention, where they will select their party’s presidential nominee, has been pushed back from July to August. Click here to read more.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a new select committee charged with providing oversight of the $2 trillion of COVID relief funding. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

While we have been sharing these executive orders with you as they were announced, the following is a complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders (new orders are italicized):

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-35 – Orders K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-34 – Provides clarity on the earlier order placing temporary restrictions on non-essential veterinary services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-33 – Declares a state of disaster for Michigan and extends the state of emergency by 70 days.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-31 – Suspends the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-30 – Relaxes the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-29 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-28 – Requires the reconnection of water service to residences that have had their water shut off.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-27 – Allows the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for the May 5 election.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-26 – Moves all April tax filing deadlines to July.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-25 – Allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to a 60-day supply and requires insurance to cover the refills.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-24 – Provides clarity on how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits will work.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-23 – Temporarily allows administrative hearings to be held by video conference or telephone, in place of in-person hearings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-22 – Extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-21 – Temporary shelter in place for the state through April 13.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 – Extends the temporary restrictions on the use of public places of accommodations through April 13. The order adds hair, nail, and tanning salons to the list of restricted places.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-19 – Provides a temporary prohibition against entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile homeowner from their home.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-18 – Enhances restrictions on price gouging.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 – Provides temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-16 – Expanding childcare access during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 – Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-14 – Temporary extension of the deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-13 – Temporary enhancements to operational capacity and efficiency of health care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-12 – Enhanced support for deliveries.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-11 – Temporary prohibition on large assemblages and events, along with temporary school closures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-7 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-4 – Declaration of a State of Emergency.

Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.

We’re Here To Assist

While these are very uncertain times, please know that the MLC Team, along with POAM, is available to answer your questions regarding this MLC April Updates. Additionally, we will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

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