MLC May 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 May Updates.

This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Wednesday, May 27 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 223
  • Total Cases: 55,104
  • Day’s Deaths: 26
  • Total Deaths: 5,266
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 522
  • Total Cases: 30,827
  • Day’s Deaths: 15
  • Total Deaths: 1,803
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 373
  • Total Cases: 32,078
  • Day’s Deaths: 18
  • Total Deaths: 1,850
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 1,178
  • Total Cases: 113,195
  • Day’s Deaths: 39
  • Total Deaths: 4,923
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 279
  • Total Cases: 15,863
  • Day’s Deaths: 3
  • Total Deaths: 517

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued six new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-99 – Extends the Emergency Declaration through June 19.
  • Executive Order 2020-100 – Extends the stay-at-home order through June 12.
  • Executive Order 2020-101 – Extends the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020.
  • Executive Order 2020-102 – Extends the temporary suspension of Michigan’s Reid Vapor Pressure standards and permits transportation and sale of gasoline with a higher Reid vapor pressure.
  • Executive Order 2020-103 – Allows local governments to notify the public of a hearing electronically and by the newspaper.
  • Executive Order 2020-104 – Expands the type of medical personnel who can order a test and creates a new category of community testing sites that offer a test without an order and without charging an out-of-pocket cost.

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order

On Friday evening, Governor Whitmer extended the Safer at Home order through Friday, June 12. The order also extends the temporary closure of places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos and extends the previously ordered protections for workers who stay home when they have been in close contact with someone who is sick, restores water service for those who have it shut off, the affirmation of non-discrimination policies, plus more.

Michigan Articles

  • The Department of Health and Human Services is updating the data they provide daily to the public. Click here to read more.
  • Following a Court of Appeals ruling, the legislature has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to consider their case challenging Governor Whitmer’s authority to issue emergency declarations without their approval. Click here to read more.
  • Michigan is extending the amount that people receive as part of the food assistance program. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • The World Health Organization is warning states against lifting restrictions too quickly as that could cause a second wave. Click here to read more.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced there will likely be another round of federal aid in the next month. Click here to read more.
  • There are five key points this summer that will show if the US has turned a corner on fighting 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 2020-104 – Expands the type of medical personnel who can order a test and creates a new category of community testing sites that offer a test without an order and without charging an out-of-pocket cost.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-103 – Allows local governments to notify the public of a hearing electronically and by the newspaper.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-102 – Extends the temporary suspension of Michigan’s Reid Vapor Pressure standards and permits transportation and sale of gasoline with a higher Reid vapor pressure.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-101 – Extends the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-100 – Extends the stay-at-home order through June 12.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-99 – Extends the Emergency Declaration through June 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 Friday, May 22, 2020.

Friday, May 22 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 403
  • Total Cases: 53,913
  • Day’s Deaths: 29
  • Total Deaths: 5,158
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 584
  • Total Cases: 28,758
  • Day’s Deaths: 38
  • Total Deaths: 1,691
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 493
  • Total Cases: 30,409
  • Day’s Deaths: 27
  • Total Deaths: 1,791
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,758
  • Total Cases: 105,444
  • Day’s Deaths: 108
  • Total Deaths: 4,715
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 511
  • Total Cases: 14,396
  • Day’s Deaths: 9
  • Total Deaths: 496

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders.

USDA Offering Coronavirus Relief Payments

Effective May 26, Michigan’s nearly 48,000 farmers can start enrolling for coronavirus relief payments as part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Under the program, aid is prorated, meaning farmers will receive 80% of payment in the initial distribution, with the remaining 20% paid as funds remain available. Payments are capped at $250,000 per individual recipient.

For more information please visit farmers.gov/cfap.

Michigan Articles

  • Businesses across the state are preparing to open next week. Click here to read more.
  • It will take months to catch up on the backlog of non-essential medical surgeries. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy have provided guidance to businesses and facilities on flushing plumbing prior to reopening. Click here to read more.
  • As Michigan restaurants and bars prepare to reopen, what can they learn from Florida who recently went through the reopening process? Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Congress broke for the long weekend without finalizing a deal to provide more flexibility in small business loans. Click here to read more.
  • New research found a critical difference between COVID-19 and the flu, which makes COVID-19 much worse. Click here to read more.
  • An economist from Stanford University stated the unemployment problem in our country is worse than originally thought and the country will take longer to recover than prior estimates. Click here to read more.
  • Even if the country has a second wave of the virus this fall or winter as expected, President Trump stated the country will not close. Click here to read more.

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, May 21, 2020.

Thursday, May 21 – Statewide Economic Impact (Second Update)

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 501
  • Total Cases: 53,510
  • Day’s Deaths: 69
  • Total Deaths: 5,129
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 657
  • Total Cases: 28,174
  • Day’s Deaths: 50
  • Total Deaths: 1,653
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 676
  • Total Cases: 29,936
  • Day’s Deaths: 48
  • Total Deaths: 1,764
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,268
  • Total Cases: 102,686
  • Day’s Deaths: 82
  • Total Deaths: 4,607
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 472
  • Total Cases: 13,885
  • Day’s Deaths: 6
  • Total Deaths: 487

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued three new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-95 – Residents in a long-term care facility will only be released by a hospital to the facility if the facility is capable of safely isolating the resident.
  • Executive Order 2020-96 – Reopens retail business and auto dealerships by appointment, allows nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures, authorizes gatherings of 10 people or less.
  • Executive Order 2020-97 – Reopened outpatient healthcare facilities, primary care physician offices, and dental offices will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection.

Michigan Begins to Reopen

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order today beginning the process of reopening the state. Beginning May 26, retail businesses can open and auto dealerships may open by appointment. Businesses are expected to continue to utilize social distancing practices. Residents who can medically tolerate a face mask must continue to wear one when in enclosed public spaces. Next, beginning on May 29 the ban on nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures is lifted. Lastly, beginning immediately, people may gather in groups of ten or smaller, as long as they practice social distancing.

Michigan Articles

  • Given the constraints of social distancing, the bar exam in July will be administered online. Click here to read more.
  • Governor Whitmer’s administration is giving counties the option to use state County Veteran Service Fund grants directly for COVID-19 emergency assistance for veterans and families. Click here to read more.
  • Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a coalition of 52 attorneys general to urge Congress to pass the SAFR Act, permitting families of first responders who die or are permanently disabled as a result of COVID-19 to receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders killed or injured in the line of duty. Click here to read more.
  • Some Michigan healthcare workers don’t feel the state is ready to reopen. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • As areas in the South move quickly to reopen, they face a potential second wave in the next month. Click here to read more.
  • It’s not just Governor Whitmer, governors in several states are facing criticism from residents over their stay-at-home orders. Click here to read more.
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin believes another round of federal aid will be necessary. Click here to read more.
  • Some members of Congress fear there may be an onslaught of lawsuits related to 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 – 97 – Reopened outpatient healthcare facilities, primary care physician offices, and dental offices will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 96 – Reopens retail business and auto dealerships by appointment, allow nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures, authorizes gatherings of 10 people or less.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 95 – Residents in a long-term care facility will only be released by a hospital to the facility if the facility is capable of safely isolating the resident.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 93 – Extends a prior order allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supplies and requires insurers to cover up to 90 days’ worth of supply.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 92 – Allows for a partial reopening in two regions of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating.

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, May 20, 2020.

Thursday, May 21 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 659
  • Total Cases: 53,009
  • Day’s Deaths: 43
  • Total Deaths: 5,060
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 411
  • Total Cases: 27,517
  • Day’s Deaths: 47
  • Total Deaths: 1,603
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 581
  • Total Cases: 29,274
  • Day’s Deaths: 38
  • Total Deaths: 1,716
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,388
  • Total Cases: 100,418
  • Day’s Deaths: 146
  • Total Deaths: 4,525
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 528
  • Total Cases: 13,413
  • Day’s Deaths: 14
  • Total Deaths: 481

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders.

Unemployment Rate Skyrockets

Michigan’s unemployment rate for April 2020 rose precipitously to 22.7%, an increase of 18.4% from the prior month. During the month, employment declined by 1,130,000, while the number of unemployed grew by 839,000. Payroll jobs dropped to their lowest level in the state since prior to 1990. One of the most impacted industries was accommodation and food services, which accounted for two of every ten jobs lost last month.

The national unemployment rate for April 2020 was 14.7%, an increase of 10.3% from the prior month.

Michigan Articles

  • The Michigan Liquor Control Commission announced streamlined licensing for outdoor services and additional bar permits and launched a new webpage with reopening guidelines and resources for liquor licensees. Click here to visit their website.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court launched a virtual directory to allow users to search courts where virtual hearings are being held due to the stay-at-home order. Click here to visit the Virtual Courtroom Directory.
  • Governor Whitmer and Mayor Duggan have taken different approaches in their response to COVID-19. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Every state will be reopened at some level prior to Memorial Day. Click here to read more.
  • Currently, unemployed workers can receive an additional $600 week in benefits. President Trump has privately stated he opposes extending those benefits past the current deadline, which House and Senate Democrats have called for. Click here to read more.
  • The Centers for Disease Control has released its roadmap for states to utilize when reopening business, schools, restaurants, etc. 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 2020-93 – Extends a prior order allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supplies and requires insurers to cover up to 90 days’ worth of supply.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 92 – Allows for a partial reopening in two regions of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 91 – Businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things, develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 90 – Allows laboratory research to resume under stringent precautionary measures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 89 – Extends restrictions on excessive price gouging of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.

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, May 20, 2020.

Wednesday, May 20 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 435
  • Total Cases: 52,350
  • Day’s Deaths: 102
  • Total Deaths: 5,017
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 460
  • Total Cases: 27,106
  • Day’s Deaths: 52
  • Total Deaths: 1,556
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 481
  • Total Cases: 28,705
  • Day’s Deaths: 57
  • Total Deaths: 1,678
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 1,545
  • Total Cases: 98,030
  • Day’s Deaths: 145
  • Total Deaths: 4,379
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 198
  • Total Cases: 12,885
  • Day’s Deaths: 8
  • Total Deaths: 467

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Order.

  • Executive Order 2020-93 – Extends a prior order allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supplies and requires insurers to cover up to 90 days’ worth of supply.

All Voters to Receive Absentee Voter Applications

In an effort to allow Michigan residents to continue proper social distancing, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced her department will mail absentee voter applications to all registered voters in the state. The applications will be for both the primary election in August and the general election in November. Once a voter fills out the application, they can either mail it or take a picture and email it to their local clerk.

While the pandemic is ongoing, Michigan voters showed their preference for voting by mail during the election earlier this month. The May 5 election had a record turnout and 99% of those who participated voted via mail.

Michigan Articles

  • Before a business may reopen, there are certain regulatory requirements they must meet. Click here to read more.
  • The City of Detroit has launched a website to provide small businesses with tools to operate safely and successfully. Click here to visit the site.
  • Michigan has received $35 million in federal funding to help residents struggling to afford their utility bills during the pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • Despite earlier issuing an Executive Order banning all plant tours, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is welcoming President Trump’s visit to a PPE plant in Ypsilanti this week. Click here to read more.
  • The ban on non-essential travel between Canada and the US is extended through June 21. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • As state and local governments voice growing concern over budget shortfalls, there’s a bipartisan Congressional effort to provide $500 billion in aid. Click here to read more.
  • The latest study has death rates tripling by the end of the year. Click here to read more.
  • Three states have seen a rising number of cases since the reopening. Click here to read more.
  • During a Senate Banking hearing today, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell defended the administration’s response to the pandemic. Click here to read more.
  • Will politics play a role in deciding who gets the vaccine first? 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 2020-93 – Extends a prior order allowing pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supplies and requires insurers to cover up to 90 days’ worth of supply.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 92 – Allows for a partial reopening in two regions of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 91 – Businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things, develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 90 – Allows laboratory research to resume under stringent precautionary measures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 89 – Extends restrictions on excessive price gouging of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.

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, May 18, 2020.

Monday, May 18 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 773
  • Total Cases: 51,915
  • Day’s Deaths: 24
  • Total Deaths: 4,915
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 426
  • Total Cases: 26,646
  • Day’s Deaths: 32
  • Total Deaths: 1,504
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 492
  • Total Cases: 28,255
  • Day’s Deaths: 14
  • Total Deaths: 1,621
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,294
  • Total Cases: 96,485
  • Day’s Deaths: 57
  • Total Deaths: 4,234
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 144
  • Total Cases: 12,687
  • Day’s Deaths: 6
  • Total Deaths: 459

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued four new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-89 – Extends restrictions on excessive price gouging of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • Executive Order 2020-90 – Allows laboratory research to resume under stringent precautionary measures.
  • Executive Order 2020-91 – Businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things, develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
  • Executive Order 2020-92 – Allows for a partial reopening in two regions of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating.

Michigan Begins to Open

On May 18, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state will begin the process of reopening. Under Executive Order 2020-92, two regions in northern Michigan can open retail, office work that can’t be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. Specifically, Regions 6 and 8, as outlined in the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. The partial reopening will take effect on Friday, May 22. Cities, villages, and townships may choose to take a more cautious course if they wish. All businesses that re-open must adopt safety measures outlined in Executive Order 2020-91.

Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a statement in response to the order. Please click here to read her statement.

Michigan Articles

  • COVID-19 was in Michigan before the primary election in March, a factor that may have led to the widespread outbreak in the state. Click here to read more.
  • In one month, COVID-19 killed more Michigan residents than the flu has since 2000. Click here to read more.
  • The Department of Treasury announced business taxpayers may have additional time to pay their Sales, Use, and Withholding taxes. Click here for more information.

National Articles

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 – 92 – Allows for a partial reopening in two regions of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 91 – Businesses that resume in-person work must, among other things, develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 90 – Allows laboratory research to resume under stringent precautionary measures.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020 – 89 – Extends restrictions on excessive price gouging of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-88 – Creates the Return to Learning Advisory Council.

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, May 15, 2020.

Friday, May 15 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 497
  • Total Cases: 50,079
  • Day’s Deaths: 38
  • Total Deaths: 4,825
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 549
  • Total Cases: 25,349
  • Day’s Deaths: 43
  • Total Deaths: 1,431
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 614
  • Total Cases: 26,655
  • Day’s Deaths: 42
  • Total Deaths: 1,550
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,432
  • Total Cases: 90,369
  • Day’s Deaths: 130
  • Total Deaths: 4,058
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 410
  • Total Cases: 11,685
  • Day’s Deaths: 11
  • Total Deaths: 445

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued four new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-85 – Extends a prior order prohibiting evictions through June 11.
  • Executive Order 2020-86 – Expands telehealth options through June 10, including services such as mental health care, drug treatment, and home health care services.
  • Executive Order 2020-87 – Provides an extended opportunity for individuals to dispute the assessed value of their property.
  • Executive Order 2020-88 – Creates the Return to Learning Advisory Council.

Council Formed On Reopening Schools

Through Executive Order, Governor Whitmer created an advisory council, which formalizes a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall. The panel – which will be comprised of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators and public health officials – will be tasked with providing the COVID-19 Task Force on Education within the State Emergency Operations Center with recommendations on how to safely, equitably, and efficiently return to school in the Fall. The State of Michigan will also partner with a national nonprofit organization called Opportunity Labs to bring national expertise to this project.

Michigan Articles

  • As businesses begin to reopen, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued workplace guidance for employers and employees. Click here to read more.
  • In a hearing over Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens predicted the case will eventually make it’s way to the Supreme Court. Click here to read more.
  • Retail business will likely reopen after the current stay-at-home order expires on May 28. Click here to read more.
  • The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan issued a statement that Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order is enforceable, despite the legislature not voting to approve the order. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • While European countries worked to use tech to track Coronavirus, big tech companies challenged them. Click here to read more.
  • The White House is struggling to define with metrics what success in the fight against COVID-19 would be. Click here to read more.
  • States are reopening, even when data may tell them otherwise. Click here to read more.
  • Large cities were once the hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, but now those hot spots have popped up in small, rural communities. Click here to read more.
  • Bipartisan legislation providing $50 billion to the country’s smallest small businesses has been introduced. 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 Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Thursday, May 14 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 1,191
  • Total Cases: 49,582
  • Day’s Deaths: 73
  • Total Deaths: 4,787
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 555
  • Total Cases: 24,800
  • Day’s Deaths: 41
  • Total Deaths: 1,388
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 634
  • Total Cases: 26,053
  • Day’s Deaths: 26
  • Total Deaths: 1,508
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 3,239
  • Total Cases: 87,937
  • Day’s Deaths: 136
  • Total Deaths: 3,928
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 373
  • Total Cases: 11,275
  • Day’s Deaths: 13
  • Total Deaths: 434

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued two new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-83 – Allows the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue expedited provisional licenses to expand capacity for child care services.
  • Executive Order 2020-84 – Provides standard safety protocols at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

COVID Daily Numbers Sharply Increase

The reported number of cases and deaths today significantly increased compared to the prior days. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are several factors contributing to the rise in numbers. First, a private lab had a backlog of lab results, which were just entered into the system. This contributed to the daily increase of 1,191 cases, where increases this week had been between 370 – 680 per day. Additionally, 35 of the 73 reported deaths were identified during a vital records review of death certificates. These reviews are conducted by department staff three times per week.

Michigan Articles

  • In an interview, Governor Whitmer stated she is hopeful the state can ease up on some of the stay-at-home restrictions after the current order expires on May 28. Click here to read more.
  • While there has been some opposition against the stay-at-home order, Governor Whitmer stated it has saved 3,500 lives. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Senate voted unanimously on an additional $524M in spending to aid the state’s response to the virus. Click here to read more.
  • Another protest against the stay-at-home order was held at the State Capitol today. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Five major industries have released their plans on how they will handle re-opening. Click here to read more.
  • Airlines and the federal government have differing opinions on who should be charged with contact tracing. Click here to read more.
  • In testimony to Congress, a former top federal vaccine doctor warned the country must have a national plan in place to deal with a resurgence of the virus this winter, or there will be dire consequences. 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 2020-84 – Provides standard safety protocols at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-83 – Allows the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue expedited provisional licenses to expand capacity for child care services.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-82 – Extends a prior order temporarily lifting regulatory requirements in order to expedite bringing additional care facilities online as needed.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-81 – Extends provisions lifting state and local non-seasonal load restrictions through May 25.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-80 – Extends the timeframe that certain administrative hearings can be held by video conference through June 8.

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, May 13, 2020.

Wednesday, May 13 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 370
  • Total Cases: 48,391
  • Day’s Deaths: 40
  • Total Deaths: 4,714
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 436
  • Total Cases: 24,245
  • Day’s Deaths: 44
  • Total Deaths: 1,347
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 409
  • Total Cases: 25,473
  • Day’s Deaths: 38
  • Total Deaths: 1,482
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 1,677
  • Total Cases: 84,698
  • Day’s Deaths: 191
  • Total Deaths: 3,792
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 291
  • Total Cases: 10,902
  • Day’s Deaths: 3
  • Total Deaths: 421

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-82 – Extends a prior order temporarily lifting regulatory requirements in order to expedite bringing additional care facilities online as needed.

MEDC Launches Economic Recovery Initiatives

The MI Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced several new initiatives aimed to help support the state’s economic recovery. The first is the MI Local Biz Program, which allows small businesses to utilize donation-based crowdfunding through Michigan-based Patronicity’s existing platform and receive a 1:1 matching grant from the MEDC. The second expands the Match on Main Program, which provides grants to Select or Master level Michigan Main Street communities. Now all 286 Redevelopment Ready Communities are also eligible to participate. Last, the MEDC has launched the Reopen Main Street website to provide resources, strategies, and assets for downtowns and communities as they plan their re-opening following the crisis.

Michigan Articles

  • There are seven factors showing that Michigan is headed in the right direction. Click here to read more.
  • A lawsuit against Governor Whitmer has been filed, claiming that her state of emergency is unconstitutionally blocking health care services. Click here to read more.
  • Two-thirds of state employees will take furlough days through July in an effort to reduce costs as the state is facing a budget shortfall. Click here to read more.
  • The MEDC has partnered with Michigan Women Forward to announce a fund to help entrepreneurs and small businesses negatively impacted by the virus. Click here to read more.

National Articles

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 2020-82 – Extends a prior order temporarily lifting regulatory requirements in order to expedite bringing additional care facilities online as needed.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-81 – Extends provisions lifting state and local non-seasonal load restrictions through May 25.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-80 – Extends the timeframe that certain administrative hearings can be held by video conference through June 8.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-79 – Lifts certain requirements of the application process for young residents to obtain a work permit.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-78 – Temporarily extends the expiration of state identification cards, driver’s licenses, and operator endorsements.

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, May 11, 2020.

Monday, May 11 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 414
  • Total Cases: 47,552
  • Day’s Deaths: 33
  • Total Deaths: 4,584
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 509
  • Total Cases: 23,400
  • Day’s Deaths: 16
  • Total Deaths: 1,236
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 511
  • Total Cases: 24,627
  • Day’s Deaths: 32
  • Total Deaths: 1,411
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 1,266
  • Total Cases: 79,007
  • Day’s Deaths: 53
  • Total Deaths: 3,459
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 199
  • Total Cases: 10,418
  • Day’s Deaths: 9
  • Total Deaths: 409

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued one new Executive Orders.

  • Executive Order 2020-28 – Temporarily extends the expiration of state identification cards, driver’s licenses, and operator endorsements.

State Provides FAQ on Recent Executive Order

Following the recent Executive Order extending the stay-at-home order through May 28, the state provided an updated FAQ for residents. It answers commonly asked questions regarding outdoor activities, traveling, and can certain businesses operate. The state has provided similar FAQs for prior Executive Orders, with great response from residents.

To read the FAQs, please click here.

Michigan Articles

  • Michigan’s definition of a person that is recovered from the virus differs from other states. Click here to read more.
  • Rural residents favor a regional plan that would allow them to reopen businesses sooner than other areas of the state, which are facing higher case rates. Click here to read more.
  • Today marks the start of ‘Phase 3’ with manufacturers able to restart. Click here to read more.
  • In a sign of the times, Chief Justice Bridget McCormack will swear in bar graduates via Zoom. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • A White House economic advisor is projecting the national unemployment rate could reach 20% next month. Click here to read more.
  • New hot spots are emerging across the nation in areas that previously weren’t experiencing high levels of cases. Click here to read more.
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is encouraging states to take advantage of low-interest loans and borrow funds to help with cash flow problems. Click here to read more.
  • The USDA has announced a private partnership to purchase over $1 billion in food, aimed to help farmers and food banks. 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 2020-78 – Temporarily extends the expiration of state identification cards, driver’s licenses, and operator endorsements.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-77 – Extends the stay-at-home order through May 28 and allows manufacturing workers to return resume work on May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-76 – Expedites unemployment benefits by allowing the state to review only an individual’s most recent job.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-75 – Extends a prior order allowing public bodies to meet remotely through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-74 – Continues to temporarily allow e-signatures on official documents and remote notarization 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 Friday, May 8, 2020.

Friday, May 8 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 680
  • Total Cases: 46,326
  • Day’s Deaths: 50
  • Total Deaths: 4,393
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 837
  • Total Cases: 21,969
  • Day’s Deaths: 32
  • Total Deaths: 1,185
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 675
  • Total Cases: 23,146
  • Day’s Deaths: 33
  • Total Deaths: 1,328
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,887
  • Total Cases: 73,760
  • Day’s Deaths: 130
  • Total Deaths: 3,241
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 375
  • Total Cases: 9,590
  • Day’s Deaths: 10
  • Total Deaths: 384

Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has not issued any new Executive Orders since our last update.

April Revenue $1 Billion Lower Than Expected

April’s tax revenue earmarked for the General Fund and School Aid Fund was 43.3% lower than April 2019 and $1 billion lower than prior projections. Part of the reason for the lower collections was due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order moving tax filing dates from April to July.

General Fund earmarked collections were $576.9 million less than earlier estimates, while the School Aid Fund earmarked collections came in $417.9 million below projected levels.

April sales tax receipts were 30% lower than April 2019 and vehicle sales tax collections were 83% below last year’s level.

To read the full monthly report by the Senate Fiscal Agency, please click here.

Michigan Articles

  • Oral arguments on the legislature’s lawsuit against Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency have been scheduled for May 15. Click here to read more.
  • Yesterday Governor Whitmer gave a press briefing, providing an update to the state’s response to the virus. Click here to watch the video.
  • Food and agriculture companies are eligible to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Association. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court approved of administrative orders providing guidance for the courts on using a phased-in approach to return to full capacity. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • The latest polling data shows Americans are more concerned with the country opening too soon vs not opening soon enough. Click here to read more.
  • The problem solvers caucus hosted a mock floor session on Zoom. Click here to read more.
  • The latest cellphone data shows that Americans are beginning to move around more, after adhering to stay-at-home orders. Click here to read more.
  • The White House isn’t ready to begin negotiations on the next round of federal aid. 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 2020-77 – Extends the stay-at-home order through May 28 and allows manufacturing workers to return resume work on May 11.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-76 – Expedites unemployment benefits by allowing the state to review only an individual’s most recent job.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-75 – Extends a prior order allowing public bodies to meet remotely through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-74 – Continues to temporarily allow e-signatures on official documents and remote notarization through June 30.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-73 – Temporarily suspends certain motor carrier licensure, decal, and trip permit requirements.

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, May 4, 2020.

Monday, May 4 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 547
  • Total Cases: 43,754
  • Day’s Deaths: 29
  • Total Deaths: 4,049
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 305
  • Total Cases: 19,609
  • Day’s Deaths: 18
  • Total Deaths: 975
Indiana
  • Day’s Cases: 583
  • Total Cases: 20,507
  • Day’s Deaths: 19
  • Total Deaths: 1,151
Illinois
  • Day’s Cases: 2,341
  • Total Cases: 63,840
  • Day’s Deaths: 44
  • Total Deaths: 2,662
Wisconsin
  • Day’s Cases: 272
  • Total Cases: 8,236
  • Day’s Deaths: 1
  • Total Deaths: 340

New Executive Orders

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

  • Executive Order 2020-71 – Extends a prior order requiring safety measures to protect employees and consumers at grocery stores and pharmacies through May 29.
  • Executive Order 2020-72 – Extend until May 31 the rules regarding entry to care facilities and requires employees to wear face coverings when they are within the facility.

Governor Creates COVID Office

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-5, creating the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability within the State Budget Office. The office will provide oversight of all spending addressing the crisis and must report regularly to the governor and state budget director. The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget will designate a Chief COVID-19 Accountability Officer to lead the office.

To read the full directive, please click here.

Michigan Articles

  • One in three Michigan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 has made it past the critical thirty-day mark. Click here to read more.
  • Governor Whitmer responded to President Trump’s tweet last week that she should give a little to the protestors. Click here to read more.
  • Kent County is opening its recycling center, five-weeks after closing due to COVID-19. Click here to read more.
  • Michigan received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives such as hotels and motels for homeless individuals who may need to quarantine. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • President Trump will seek a payroll tax cut in the next round of aid from the federal government. Click here to read more.
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a plan to reopen Congress. Click here to read more.
  • Congressional members and staff are returning to a new normal in Washington. Click here to read more.
  • In a rare agreement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined an offer from the White House for rapid COVID-19 tests, requesting they be sent to where there is the greatest need. Click here to read more.
  • Experts believe COVID-19 won’t lead to any lasting changes to the state government, as each party is sticking to beliefs held by their side of the aisle. 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 2020-72 – Extend until May 31 the rules regarding entry to care facilities and requires employees to wear face coverings when they are within the facility.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-71 – Extends a prior order requiring safety measures to protect employees and consumers at grocery stores and pharmacies through May 29.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-70 – Allow the May 7 resumption of low-risk work, including construction, real estate, and work traditionally performed outdoors.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-69 – Expands the temporary closure on the place of public accommodation through May 28.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-68 – Declares a state of emergency and a state of disaster under the Emergency Management Act through May 28.

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, May 1, 2020.

Friday, May 1 – Statewide Economic Impact

Statistics

Michigan
  • Day’s Cases: 977
  • Total Cases: 42,356
  • Day’s Deaths: 77
  • Total Deaths: 3,866
Ohio
  • Day’s Cases: 677
  • Total Cases: 17,962
  • Day’s Deaths: 24
  • Total Deaths: 922

New Executive Orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued 6 new Executive Orders since our last update (hyperlinks are below with all EOs):

  • Executive Order 2020-65 – Clarifies that all K-12 schools should remain closed for the school year, sets guidelines for remote learning, and suspends in-person instruction of the Great Start Readiness Program and early childhood programs.
  • Executive Order 2020-66 – Terminates the existing state of emergency and disaster declarations under the Emergency Management Act.
  • Executive Order 2020-67 – Clarifies that a state of emergency remains in effect under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act through May 28.
  • Executive Order 2020-68 – Declares a state of emergency and a state of disaster under the Emergency Management Act through May 28.
  • Executive Order 2020-69 – Expands the temporary closure on the place of public accommodation through May 28.
  • Executive Order 2020-70 – Allow the May 7 resumption of low-risk work, including construction, real estate, and work traditionally performed outdoors.

Governor Extends Emergency Declaration After Legislature Doesn’t Act

This week, the House and Senate did not vote to extend the emergency and disaster declarations, which expired on April 30. Prior to the expiration, Governor Whitmer issued three new executive orders to keep those declarations in place; Executive Order 2020-66, Executive Order 2020-67, and Executive Order 2020-68. Through these orders, Governor Whitmer has officially expanded the declarations through midnight on May 28.

Earlier yesterday, the House and Senate adopted resolutions that would allow leadership to challenge the governor’s authority to expand the declarations in court. As of today, nothing has been released indicating they have filed a legal challenge.

Michigan Articles

  • Michigan has been approved by the federal government for nearly $390 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. Click here to read more.
  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan added his voice to the call of those asking Governor Whitmer to ease some restrictions on hospital and medical procedures. Click here to read more.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court is anticipating they will be asked to resolve the disagreement between the governor and the legislature regarding her stay-at-home order. Click here to read more.
  • Senator Jeremy Moss and Representative Mike Mueller introduced legislation allowing the Secretary of State to extend expiration dates of driver’s licenses and state ID cards during an emergency. Click here to read more.

National Articles

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that state and local governments are asking for almost $1 trillion in federal aid. Click here to read more.
  • President Trump tweeted that Governor Whitmer should “give a little” to yesterday’s protestors. Click here to read more.
  • Federal employees are heading back to work, but voicing concerns over what they feel is a lack of protection against the virus. Click here to read more.
  • The decision of wearing a mask has become a partisan issue in Washington. 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 2020-70 – Allow the May 7 resumption of low-risk work, including construction, real estate, and work traditionally performed outdoors.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-69 – Expands the temporary closure on places of public accommodation through May 28.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-68 – Declares a state of emergency and a state of disaster under the Emergency Management Act through May 28.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-67 – Clarifies that a state of emergency remains in effect under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act through May 28.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-66 – Terminates the existing state of emergency and disaster declarations under the Emergency Management Act.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-65 – Clarifies that all K-12 schools should remain closed for the school year, sets guidelines for remote learning, and suspends in-person instruction of the Great Start Readiness Program and early childhood programs.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020- 64 – Requires health care facilities to develop protocols that ensure non-discrimination in the event demand for health care exceeds availability.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-63 – Extends existing personal protection orders until 90 days after Michigan’s emergency declaration is lifted.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-62 – Details the Department of Correction’s risk-reduction protocols and encourages county jails and local lockups to adopt them.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-61 – Extends and expands a prior order relaxing the scope of practice laws, allowing qualified physician assistants, nurses, and other health care providers to help combat COVID-19.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-60 – Establishes requirements to reduce exposure for customers and employees at pharmacies and food-selling establishments.
  • 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.

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

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