MLC June Updates

The Michigan Legislative Consultants (MLC) is sharing the latest updates with our members informed on what’s happening at the State Capitol in our MLC June Updates.

This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Monday, June 29 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 2,088
  • Total Cases: 63,497
  • Day’s Deaths: 62
  • Total Deaths: 5,915
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 5,270
  • Total Cases: 47,524
  • Day’s Deaths: 108
  • Total Deaths: 2,575
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 2,595
  • Total Cases: 45,228
  • Day’s Deaths: 69
  • Total Deaths: 2,432
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 5,237
  • Total Cases: 142,461
  • Day’s Deaths: 231
  • Total Deaths: 6,902
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 2,990
  • Total Cases: 28,058
  • Day’s Deaths: 32
  • Total Deaths: 777

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued six new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-131 – Extends a previous order temporarily allowing e-signatures on official documents.
  • Executive Order 2020-132 – Continues to allow administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone.
  • Executive Order 2020-133 – Allows professional sports to begin, without a live audience.
  • Executive Order 2020-134 – Extends the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15.
  • Executive Order 2020-135 – Creates the bipartisan Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force.
  • Executive Order 2020-136 – Extends existing safety measures to maintain restrictions regarding entry to care facilities.

Governor Creates Task Force

Through executive order, Governor Whitmer created the Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. It has been charged with several tasks, including analyzing relevant data on the threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes, and making recommendations to the governor on improving data quality, and releasing periodic reports to the governor on its findings and recommendations. The task force must produce a recommendation to the governor for an action plan on how to prepare nursing homes for any future wave of COVID-19 cases by August 31, 2020.

Michigan Articles

  • As of this weekend, 85 positive cases are directly linked to a single bar in East Lansing. Click here to read more.
  • A recent study out of Norway suggests that gyms are safe during the outbreak. Click here to read more.
  • Michigan Health officials are urging caution as the state continues to reopen and the possibility of another surge in cases increases. Click here to read more.

National Articles

 

  • The former director of the Center for Disease Control and the former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the spike in cases the country is experiencing is a result of the U.S. reopening too quickly. Click here to read more.
  • Dr. Fauci voiced concern over the weekend that if 30% of Americans refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, as a recent survey suggests, that the country would not reach the necessary herd immunity level. Click here to read more.
  • Companies are looking to find ways to make elevators safer during the pandemic. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

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, June 22, 2020.

Monday, June 22 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 1,345
  • Total Cases: 61,409
  • Day’s Deaths: 81
  • Total Deaths: 5,853
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 3,718
  • Total Cases: 42,254
  • Day’s Deaths: 125
  • Total Deaths: 2,467
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 2,203
  • Total Cases: 42,633
  • Day’s Deaths: 112
  • Total Deaths: 2,363
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 4,208
  • Total Cases: 137,224
  • Day’s Deaths: 345
  • Total Deaths: 6,671
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 2,136
  • Total Cases: 25,068
  • Day’s Deaths: 51
  • Total Deaths: 745

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders.

A.G. Joins Bipartisan Coalition

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a bipartisan coalition of 38 attorneys general asking Google and Apple to ensure all contract tracing and exposure notification apps related to COVID-19 adequately protect consumers’ personal information. Specifically, they’re asking the companies to guarantee that such apps are affiliated with a public health authority. The coalition acknowledged that while digital contact tracing and exposure notification tools are valuable in understanding the spread of COVID-19 and assisting public health authorities, these same technologies pose a risk to consumers’ privacy.

To read the full letter to the CEOs of Apple and Google, please click here.

Michigan Articles

National Articles

  • There are inconsistent standards by airlines regarding mask-wearing, leaving airports to ask the Federal government to step in and create a national face mask policy for passengers. Click here to read more.
  • 29 states are now reporting spikes in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-129 – Extends the allowance for public bodies to conduct public meetings remotely through July 31.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-127 – Extends the state of emergency through July 16.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-126 – Extends existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores (such as wearing face masks) through July 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-125 – Workers within the secured borders of a penal institution will be presumptively entitled to workers’ compensation if they suffer personal injury as a result of COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-124 – Extends prior order to continue to allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days worth for patients and require insurance to cover early refills for up to 90 days worth.

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, June 18, 2020.

Thursday, June 18 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 225
  • Total Cases: 60,618
  • Day’s Deaths: 26
  • Total Deaths: 5,818
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 670
  • Total Cases: 39,973
  • Day’s Deaths: 24
  • Total Deaths: 2,401
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 584
  • Total Cases: 41,597
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 2,304
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 593
  • Total Cases: 134,778
  • Day’s Deaths: 52
  • Total Deaths: 6,537
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 422
  • Total Cases: 23,876
  • Day’s Deaths: 7
  • Total Deaths: 719

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued three new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-125 – Workers within the secured borders of a penal institution will be presumptively entitled to workers’ compensation if they suffer personal injury as a result of COVID-19.
  • Executive Order 2020-126 – Extends existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores (such as wearing face masks) through July 15.
  • Executive Order 2020-127 – Extends the state of emergency through July 16.

State of Emergency Extended

Today, through Executive Order 2020-127, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state of emergency through July 16. This brings the state in line with almost every state in the country in maintaining a state of emergency. This allows the governor to have certain powers, which help the state quickly respond to changes in the outbreak.

Michigan Articles

National Articles

  • The decline in the economy during the pandemic is negatively impacting the funding for Social Security and Medicare. Click here to read more.
  • How a governor responds to COVID-19 might help their chances at reelection. Click here to read more.
  • Businesses and schools are looking to utilize waivers after Congress failed to enact liability protections. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-127 – Extends the state of emergency through July 16.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-126 – Extends existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores (such as wearing face masks) through July 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-125 – Workers within the secured borders of a penal institution will be presumptively entitled to workers’ compensation if they suffer personal injury as a result of COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-124 – Extends prior order to continue to allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days worth for patients and require insurance to cover early refills for up to 90 days worth.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-122 – Beginning June 20, the statute of limitations will return to normal calculation.

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, June 17, 2020.

Wednesday, June 17 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 204
  • Total Cases: 60,393
  • Day’s Deaths: 20
  • Total Deaths: 5,792
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 392
  • Total Cases: 39,303
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 2,377
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 264
  • Total Cases: 41,013
  • Day’s Deaths: 24
  • Total Deaths: 2,289
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 546
  • Total Cases: 134,185
  • Day’s Deaths: 87
  • Total Deaths: 6,485
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 256
  • Total Cases: 23,454
  • Day’s Deaths: 18
  • Total Deaths: 712

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-124 – Extends prior order to continue to allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days worth for patients and require insurance to cover early refills for up to 90 days worth.

Schools to Reopen in the Fall

On June 17, Governor Whitmer announced that schools may resume in-person learning, with strict safety measures in place. As part of the move to reopen, on June 30th the governor will release an executive order and a document called “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” that will provide details on what will be required and will be recommended for schools. The Roadmap will set the minimum health and safety requirements, although districts may choose to enact more aggressive ones. The minimum standards will apply to all schools, including traditional public, charter, private, and parochial schools.

Michigan Articles

  • Unlike other areas of the country, Northern Michigan hasn’t experienced a spike in the number of cases after reopening. Click here to read more.
  • The current State of Emergency will expire on Friday, but today Governor Whitmer announced she will extend it through July. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • The latest battle is over the recent spike in cases, with one side stating it’s due to increased testing, while the other side believes it’s due to lifting restrictions. Click here to read more.
  • Experts agree that contact tracing is key to fighting the virus. However, contact tracers are running into a major problem – getting people to answer their phones. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-124 – Extends prior order to continue to allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days worth for patients and require insurance to cover early refills for up to 90 days worth.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-122 – Beginning June 20, the statute of limitations will return to normal calculation.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-120 – Lifts restrictions on overnight residential, travel, and troop camps beginning June 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-119 – Temporarily suspends transfers into and from the Department of Correction facilities unless jails adopt certain risk-reduction protocols.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-118 – Extends the ban on evictions through June 30.

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, June 16, 2020.

Tuesday, June 16 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 74
  • Total Cases: 60,064
  • Day’s Deaths: 2
  • Total Deaths: 5,772
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 348
  • Total Cases: 38,536
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 2,342
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 533
  • Total Cases: 40,430
  • Day’s Deaths: 11
  • Total Deaths: 2,251
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 527
  • Total Cases: 133,016
  • Day’s Deaths: 18
  • Total Deaths: 6,326
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 174
  • Total Cases: 22,932
  • Day’s Deaths: 2
  • Total Deaths: 694

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-122 – Beginning June 20, the statute of limitations will return to normal calculation.

Statute of Limitations Returning to Normal

In the latest Executive Order, the Statute of Limitations will return to being calculated normally beginning on June 20. This rescinds prior Executive Orders that temporarily suspended certain timing requirements related to the commencement of civil and probate actions and proceedings. Once the E.O. goes into effect, statutes of limitations will have been tolled for 102 days. The newest order coincides with a Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order.

Michigan Articles

  • The convention industry has lost a significant amount of revenue due to the virus. Click here to read more.
  • The State has nearly $3 billion in federal funds, unfortunately, it currently can’t be used to help fill the budget shortfall the state is facing. Click here to read more.
  • Trade programs have stalled during the pandemic, which could further widen the workforce demand for skilled workers. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • As restrictions continue to be lifted, the CDC has released new safety guidelines. Click here to read more.
  • Federal aid for housing and food has stalled in Congress, creating concern over a surge in evictions nationwide. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Transportation is distributing 100 million masks to aviation, transit, and passenger rail travelers. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-122 – Beginning June 20, the statute of limitations will return to normal calculation.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-120 – Lifts restrictions on overnight residential, travel, and troop camps beginning June 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-119 – Temporarily suspends transfers into and from the Department of Correction facilities unless jails adopt certain risk-reduction protocols.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-118 – Extends the ban on evictions through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-117 – Continues expanded access and capacity for child care services, giving priority to essential workforces through July 7.

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, June 11, 2020.

Thursday, June 11 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 218
  • Total Cases: 59,496
  • Day’s Deaths: 26
  • Total Deaths: 5,737
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 410
  • Total Cases: 37,120
  • Day’s Deaths: 32
  • Total Deaths: 2,263
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 449
  • Total Cases: 38,748
  • Day’s Deaths: 25
  • Total Deaths: 2,198
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 766
  • Total Cases: 130,603
  • Day’s Deaths: 90
  • Total Deaths: 6,185
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 333
  • Total Cases: 21,926
  • Day’s Deaths: 11
  • Total Deaths: 682

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders.

House Introduces Voting Through Mobile App

This week, a new system has been implemented by the Michigan House to allow legislators to cast votes on legislation using an online application while social distancing in the chamber. During the pandemic, the House has been socially distancing members during sessions, to allow for space and help protect the health of the members. This app allows legislators who have been sitting in the gallery and verbally recording their votes to cast their votes through a web app on their state-provided laptop. Voting must still conform to the usual standards and rules of the House, including legislators voting only from their assigned positions, on their own device, and within the chamber.

Michigan Articles

  • Retailers are caught in a tough spot on deciding if they will enforce a mask policy by their customers. Click here to read more.
  • A new study by the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team states the aggressive actions Michigan took in response to the outbreak significantly lowered the number of cases and deaths in the state. Click here to read more.
  • The first round of the Michigan Small Business Relief Program has awarded $4.35 million to 74 businesses. Click here to read more.
  • Following the shutdowns in response to the virus, the FireKeepers Championship will be among the first pro sports events in the state to return. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Some patients sick with COVID-19 have been ill for over sixty-days, and doctors aren’t sure the reason. Click here to read more.
  • Following the news that the number of US COVID-19 cases has surpassed 2 million, the Dow plummeted 1,600 points. Click here to read more.
  • The director of the Harvard Global Health Institute gave an interview where he talked about the concerning number of recent cases rising in certain states and stated we could reach 200,000 deaths by fall. Click here to read more.

This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Wednesday, June 10 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 171
  • Total Cases: 59,278
  • Day’s Deaths: 13
  • Total Deaths: 5,711
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 355
  • Total Cases: 36,710
  • Day’s Deaths: 35
  • Total Deaths: 2,231
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 339
  • Total Cases: 38,337
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 2,173
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 625
  • Total Cases: 129,837
  • Day’s Deaths: 77
  • Total Deaths: 6,095
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 285
  • Total Cases: 21,593
  • Day’s Deaths: 10
  • Total Deaths: 671

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-117 – Continues expanded access and capacity for child care services, giving priority to essential workforces through July 7.

Executive Order Ensures Child Card for Essential Workers

Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Order, extending a previous order, which works to ensure essential workers have access to child care. To accomplish this, it allows the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue expedited provisional licenses to expand capacity for child care services. It also allows employers, like hospitals, to operate a disaster relief child care center for their employees. Public and nonpublic school facilities can also be utilized to host a disaster relief child care center focused on providing services for members of the essential workforce. The order is in effect through July 7.

Michigan Articles

National Articles

  • After Memorial Day, several states had a significant increase in COVID-related hospitalizations. Click here to read more.
  • Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia stated he’s open to extending the jobless benefits the federal government began at the beginning of the pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • Transportation workers are calling on the Department of Transportation to create enforceable rules in response to the pandemic, such as requiring masks during air travel, but the department contends its not their responsibility. Click here to read more.
  • Republican Congressional members aren’t likely to push for passage of another round of aid before the end of July. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-117 – Continues expanded access and capacity for child care services, giving priority to essential workforces through July 7.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-116 – Extends a previous order lifting certain requirements of the application process for youth workers until July 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-115 – Moves Regions 6 and 8 to Stage 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and allows all non-essential personal care services (such as hair salons) to reopen in the remainder of the state on June 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-114 – Issues an updated rule laying out new workplace safeguards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-113 – Continues to allow certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone through June 30.

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, June 9, 2020.

Tuesday, June 9 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 108
  • Total Cases: 59,107
  • Day’s Deaths: 25
  • Total Deaths: 5,698
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 278
  • Total Cases: 36,355
  • Day’s Deaths: 19
  • Total Deaths: 2,196
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 430
  • Total Cases: 38,053
  • Day’s Deaths: 23
  • Total Deaths: 2,158
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 797
  • Total Cases: 129,212
  • Day’s Deaths: 94
  • Total Deaths: 6,018
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 270
  • Total Cases: 21,308
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 661

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders.

Secretary of State Holding Zoom Meeting

On Wednesday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m., Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will hold a public Zoom press call to discuss reforms she believes will ensure all voters can safely participate in the upcoming elections during the pandemic. Secretary Benson will be joined by Detroit City Clerk Janice M. Winfrey. This is open to anyone who wishes to watch, not only members of the media.

To participate, you will need to register by clicking here.

Michigan Articles

  • There are seven key metrics that are important to the state as it begins to re-open. Click here to read more.
  • The Court of Claims ruled that Governor Whitmer’s safety requirements on businesses as they re-open are “null and void.” Click here to read more.
  • The state is at a critical point in suppressing a second wave of the virus. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Public health officials and researchers are working to map the genetic sequence of the virus in order to track how it is mutating and spreading. Click here to read more.
  • An argument is being made for the federal government to provide aid to public transit systems and local governments that rely heavily on revenue brought in by tourism. Click here to read more.
  • Contract tracing uses a mix of new and old technology. Click here to read more.

This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Monday, June 8 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 129
  • Total Cases: 58,999
  • Day’s Deaths: 17
  • Total Deaths: 5,673
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 346
  • Total Cases: 36,077
  • Day’s Deaths: 22
  • Total Deaths: 2,177
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 244
  • Total Cases: 37,623
  • Day’s Deaths: 14
  • Total Deaths: 2,135
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 658
  • Total Cases: 128,415
  • Day’s Deaths: 20
  • Total Deaths: 5,924
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 203
  • Total Cases: 21,038
  • Day’s Deaths: 9
  • Total Deaths: 646

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders.

Additional COVID-19 Statistics Added to Website

In an effort to provide more information, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is providing additional and improved statistics on its website Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. Additional information includes confirmed and probable cases and deaths by age group, sex, and race breakdown; total diagnostic tests by county and region; and cumulative confirmed cases and deaths by date.

Michigan Articles

  • EPIC-MRA recently conducted a poll of Michigan residents on their thoughts about the stay-at-home order, a potential second wave, and more. Click here to read more.
  • The Detroit City Council is voting on how to spend federal COVID aid for renter relief and homeless services. Click here to read more.
  • Many places are reopening today, here’s a round-up of where you can go. Click here to read more.
  • Experts were concerned the outbreak would cause a large number of teacher retirements, but that hasn’t been the case thus far. Click here to read more.
  • Last Friday, Governor Whitmer held a press conference where she made several announcements regarding COVID-19, most notably a reopening of personal services and in-person dining. Click here to watch the video.

National Articles

  • 60 million people did not get infected because of the shutdowns across the nation. Click here to read more.
  • A group of epidemiologists shares when they will feel comfortable getting back to activities such as sending their kids to camp or school, traveling by airplane, shaking hands, plus more. Click here to read more.
  • The federal deficit for April and May is the largest on record. Click here to read more.
  • A recent poll found that during the pandemic a majority of Americans trust the private sector over the government to lead innovation in the health care field. Click here to read more.
  • The number of new cases reached a global peak yesterday with 136,000 people testing positive for the virus. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-116 – Extends a previous order lifting certain requirements of the application process for youth workers until July 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-115 – Moves Regions 6 and 8 to Stage 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and allows all non-essential personal care services (such as hair salons) to reopen in the remainder of the state on June 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-114 – Issues an updated rule laying out new workplace safeguards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-113 – Continues to allow certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-112 – Rescinds Executive Orders on FOIA, hospital capacity, emergency medical services, and loosens restrictions on who can visit patients in certain health settings.

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, June 5, 2020.

Friday, June 5 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 284
  • Total Cases: 58,525
  • Day’s Deaths: 20
  • Total Deaths: 5,615
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 457
  • Total Cases: 35,096
  • Day’s Deaths: 18
  • Total Deaths: 2,135
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 533
  • Total Cases: 36,578
  • Day’s Deaths: 27
  • Total Deaths: 2,078
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 1,036
  • Total Cases: 125,915
  • Day’s Deaths: 59
  • Total Deaths: 5,795
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 357
  • Total Cases: 20,249
  • Day’s Deaths: 7
  • Total Deaths: 633

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued three new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-114 – Issues an updated rule laying out new workplace safeguards.
  • Executive Order 2020-115 – Moves Regions 6 and 8 to Stage 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and allows all non-essential personal care services (such as hair salons) to reopen in the remainder of the state on June 15.
  • Executive Order 2020-116 – Extends a previous order lifting certain requirements of the application process for youth workers until July 3.

Governor Opens Up More of the State

Under Executive Order 2020-115, Michigan moves closer to reopening the state and closer to a pre-COVID-19 economy. Regions 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula and an upper portion of the Lower Peninsula) under the Michigan Safe Start Plan will move to Stage 5. This allows the region to have indoor social gatherings and events of up to 50 people, outdoor gatherings are allowed for up to 250 people, and outdoor performance and sporting venues with a larger capacity can have up to 500 people. Governor Whitmer stated she expects the remainder of the regions will also move to Stage 5 in the coming weeks. To view the full MI Safe Start Plan, please click here.

Michigan Articles

  • A survey by the Small Business Association of Michigan of their members shows that 1 in 7 small businesses may not survive the pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • Friday, Governor Whitmer gave a press conference providing an update on the state’s response to the virus. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation.
  • The ban on evictions ends Thursday and Governor Whitmer hasn’t yet stated her intention on either renewing or letting it expire. Click here to read more.
  • Sean Egan has been appointed Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Click here to read more.
  • Twenty members of the House are calling for new leadership at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, which has experienced problems under the high number of unemployment claims during the pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • On June 15, Michigan will resume bottle and can returns. Click here to read more.
  • Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the creation of a task force to bring focus and resources to investigate and prosecute fraud in the unemployment insurance system. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Technology Companies and members of Congress are working to fight the spread of disinformation about COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • Small businesses will have more flexibility using Federal-aid under a change signed into law by President Trump today. Click here to read more.
  • Due to genetics, some people may be more susceptible to the damaging effects of COVID-19. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-116 – Extends a previous order lifting certain requirements of the application process for youth workers until July 3.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-115 – Moves Regions 6 and 8 to Stage 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and allows all non-essential personal care services (such as hair salons) to reopen in the remainder of the state on June 15.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-114 – Issues an updated rule laying out new workplace safeguards.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-113 – Continues to allow certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-112 – Rescinds Executive Orders on FOIA, hospital capacity, emergency medical services, and loosens restrictions on who can visit patients in certain health settings.

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, June 4, 2020.

Thursday, June 4 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 206
  • Total Cases: 58,241
  • Day’s Deaths: 25
  • Total Deaths: 5,601
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 431
  • Total Cases: 34,639
  • Day’s Deaths: 37
  • Total Deaths: 2,117
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 452
  • Total Cases: 36,164
  • Day’s Deaths: 20
  • Total Deaths: 2,052
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 929
  • Total Cases: 124,759
  • Day’s Deaths: 115
  • Total Deaths: 5,736
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 492
  • Total Cases: 19,892
  • Day’s Deaths: 10
  • Total Deaths: 626

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-113 – Continues to allow certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone through June 30.

Small Businesses Utilizing COVID-19 Crowdfunding Program

More than 100 small businesses across Michigan will utilize the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) MI Local Biz crowdfunding program this month. The MEDC will provide a total of $500,000 in matching grants to help businesses as they work to recover from the negative economic impacts of COVID-19. The funds must be used for working capital needs in order to maintain ongoing operations during and through the COVID-19 crisis.

For more information, please visit https://www.patronicity.com/milocalbiz.

Michigan Articles

National Articles

  • Given the high unemployment numbers, Senate Republicans are indicating they may be open to extending the increased Federal unemployment benefits past July. Click here to read more.
  • Without bipartisan support, the proposed nearly $500 million in transportation spending by the House Democratic caucus may not have a chance of being approved. Click here to read more.
  • The Food and Drug Administration is facing political pressure from the White House surrounding the need for a vaccine. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-113 – Continues to allow certain state administrative hearings to be held by video conference or phone through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-112 – Rescinds Executive Orders on FOIA, hospital capacity, emergency medical services, and loosens restrictions on who can visit patients in certain health settings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-111 – Requires owners and operators of employer-provided migrant housing to provide residents with the same safeguards businesses are required to provide workers under E.O. 2020-97 and additional requirements.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-110 – Rescinds the Safer at Home order, moves the entire state to Phase 4 of the MI Safe State Plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-109 – Extends the face mask requirement, the requirement for grocery stores and pharmacies to provide shopping time for vulnerable populations, and notification of employees when one employee has tested positive for the virus through June 12.

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, June 3, 2020.

Wednesday, June 3 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 304
  • Total Cases: 58,035
  • Day’s Deaths: 17
  • Total Deaths: 5,576
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 316
  • Total Cases: 34,208
  • Day’s Deaths: 39
  • Total Deaths: 2,080
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 511
  • Total Cases: 35,712
  • Day’s Deaths: 10
  • Total Deaths: 2,032
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 982
  • Total Cases: 123,830
  • Day’s Deaths: 96
  • Total Deaths: 5,621
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 483
  • Total Cases: 19,400
  • Day’s Deaths: 9
  • Total Deaths: 616

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-112 – Rescinds Executive Orders on FOIA, hospital capacity, emergency medical services, and loosens restrictions on who can visit patients in certain health settings.

Appointments Made to COVID-19 Council

Governor Whitmer announced the appointments of 25 leaders in health care and education to the COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council. The council was created through Executive Order and will work to identify the critical issues that must be addressed, provide input to inform the process of returning to school, and to ensure a smooth and safe transition back to school. The council will also include four members of the legislature; Senator Wayne Schmidt, Senator Dayna Polehanki, Representative Aaron Miller, and Representative Sheryl Kennedy. For the full list of appointments, please click here.

Michigan Articles

National Articles

  • Congressional Republicans are signaling they may not be in favor of providing a second round of stimulus checks to individuals and families. Click here to read more.
  • House Democratic members have proposed nearly $500 million in transportation funding, aimed at helping states facing declining revenue due to the virus. Click here to read more.
  • Countries across the globe are racing to find a vaccine and restart their economy. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-112 -Rescinds Executive Orders on FOIA, hospital capacity, emergency medical services, and loosens restrictions on who can visit patients in certain health settings.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-111 – Requires owners and operators of employer-provided migrant housing to provide residents with the same safeguards businesses are required to provide workers under E.O. 2020-97 and additional requirements.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-110 – Rescinds the Safer at Home order, moves the entire state to Phase 4 of the MI Safe State Plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-109 – Extends the face mask requirement, the requirement for grocery stores and pharmacies to provide shopping time for vulnerable populations, and notification of employees when one employee has tested positive for the virus through June 12.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-108 – Maintains restrictions to health care and residential facilities through June 26.

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, June 2, 2020.

Tuesday, June 2 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 199
  • Total Cases: 57,731
  • Day’s Deaths: 37
  • Total Deaths: 5,553
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 819
  • Total Cases: 33,892
  • Day’s Deaths: 48
  • Total Deaths: 2,041
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 430
  • Total Cases: 35,237
  • Day’s Deaths: 46
  • Total Deaths: 2,022
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 1,614
  • Total Cases: 122,848
  • Day’s Deaths: 113
  • Total Deaths: 5,525
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 374
  • Total Cases: 18,917
  • Day’s Deaths: 12
  • Total Deaths: 607

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-111 – Requires owners and operators of employer-provided migrant housing to provide residents with the same safeguards businesses are required to provide workers under E.O. 2020-97 and additional requirements.

State Works to Get More Residents Tests

Health experts have repeatedly stated that increasing the number of those receiving tests for COVID-19 is key to safely reopen states. As a result, Michigan is working to ensure that cost isn’t an impediment to residents getting tested. Along with the Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Governor Whitmer is reminding residents that for those that meet testing requirements, Federal law requires most insurance plans cover the cost of a test, with no out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, Medicaid and Medicare cover the cost of a test.

For more information, please click here.

Michigan Articles

  • The Department of Insurance and Financial Services issued an order requiring auto insurance companies to issue refunds or premium waivers to consumers as a result of reduced risk due to extreme reductions in driving during the pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • On June 2, Governor Whitmer provided testimony on Michigan’s response to the pandemic to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Click here to read her testimony.
  • On June 1, Governor Whitmer held a press conference providing an update to the state’s response to the pandemic where she announced the lifting of the stay-at-home order. Click here to view the full press conference.

National Articles

  • As a result of the pandemic, there is a rise of people seeking to move out of big cities in favor of rural living. Click here to read more.
  • The results of a recent poll show that 7 in 10 Americans would get the vaccine for COVID-19 if it were available, although there is a split in support depending on which political party a person aligns themself to. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-111 – Requires owners and operators of employer-provided migrant housing to provide residents with the same safeguards businesses are required to provide workers under E.O. 2020-97 and additional requirements.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-110 – Rescinds the Safer at Home order, moves the entire state to Phase 4 of the MI Safe State Plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-109 – Extends the face mask requirement, the requirement for grocery stores and pharmacies to provide shopping time for vulnerable populations, and notification of employees when one employee has tested positive for the virus through June 12.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-108 – Maintains restrictions to health care and residential facilities through June 26.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-107 – Creates the Workforce Development Board to help with the state’s job recovery from COVID-19.

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, June 1, 2020.

Monday, June 1 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

MICHIGAN
  • Day’s Cases: 135
  • Total Cases: 57,532
  • Day’s Deaths: 25
  • Total Deaths: 5,516
OHIO
  • Day’s Cases: 428
  • Total Cases: 33,501
  • Day’s Deaths: 49
  • Total Deaths: 1,993
INDIANA
  • Day’s Cases: 292
  • Total Cases: 34,830
  • Day’s Deaths: 9
  • Total Deaths: 1,976
ILLINOIS
  • Day’s Cases: 974
  • Total Cases: 121,234
  • Day’s Deaths: 22
  • Total Deaths: 5,412
WISCONSIN
  • Day’s Cases: 140
  • Total Cases: 18,543
  • Day’s Deaths: 3
  • Total Deaths: 595

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued three new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-108 – Maintains restrictions to health care and residential facilities through June 26.
  • Executive Order 2020-109 – Extends the face mask requirement, the requirement for grocery stores and pharmacies to provide shopping time for vulnerable populations, and notification of employees when one employee has tested positive for the virus through June 12.
  • Executive Order 2020-110 – Rescinds the Safer at Home order, moves the entire state to Phase 4 of the MI Safe State Plan.

Stay at Home Lifted! In-Person Dining, Retail to Reopen

Through Executive Order, Governor Whitmer rescinded her earlier Safer at Home Order, which had Michigan residents sheltering in place in their homes. Her order moves the entire state to Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. This allows retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen for in-dining service on June 8. Additionally, effective immediately, groups of 100 or less can gather outdoors with social distancing, in-home services can begin, and office work that can’t be done remotely can resume. Despite the changes, Michigan residents must continue to wear face masks when indoors and continue to work from home when possible.

Michigan Articles

  • While retailers will begin to reopen, the question remains how many people will feel comfortable going back into stores. Click here to read more.
  • Business leaders in Michigan have shared their policy ideas for getting the economy back on track. Click here to read more.
  • Bottle deposit returns will being to resume on June 15 utilizing a phased-in approach. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • A recent poll found most Americans favor keeping lockdowns in place if it means controlling the spread of the virus, even at a cost to the economy. Click here to read more.
  • How will the coronavirus change society? Click here to read more.
  • Providing dollars directly to states has been successful in the past, however, the deep partisan divide in our country is creating a roadblock in Congress to providing help. Click here to read more.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

We are sharing executive orders with you as they are announced. A complete list with links to each of the Executive Orders is available here.

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-110 – Rescinds the Safer at Home order, moves the entire state to Phase 4 of the MI Safe State Plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-109 – Extends the face mask requirement, the requirement for grocery stores and pharmacies to provide shopping time for vulnerable populations, and notification of employees when one employee has tested positive for the virus through June 12.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-108 – Maintains restrictions to health care and residential facilities through June 26.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-107 – Creates the Workforce Development Board to help with the state’s job recovery from COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-106 – Extends the deadline for residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure to June 29.

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 June Updates. Additionally, we will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

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