State Rep. Ann Bollin and the Michigan House have approved several measures to continue protecting and helping Michigan families during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the wake of the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the governor’s coronavirus-related executive orders, Bollin said the proposals were an opportunity to provide clarity and certainty to families across Michigan. The House’s plan will extend unemployment benefits, extend the ability for public bodies to meet remotely through the pandemic, and implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Nursing Homes.
“My hope is that these measures are just the first of many bipartisan solutions we can reach to deliver a smarter, more well-thought-out response to the pandemic moving forward. I’m grateful the court ruling brought everyone back to the table so we could work together to improve the situation for our vulnerable loved ones in nursing homes,” said Bollin, of Brighton Township.
Senate Bill 1094 and House Bill 6137, which received overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators, aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by implementing recommendations of the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. The measures prohibit the return of COVID-19-positive residents to nursing facilities unless they have fully recovered, or the facility has established a state-approved dedicated area to care for people with the virus. In addition, the plan allows safe and responsible in-person visitations for all nursing home residents, requires health data reporting and a plan to the address testing needs for our most vulnerable.
Senate Bill 1108 would temporarily provide local governments, school boards and other public bodies with a method to meet electronically, if necessary, to conduct business and engage with the public.
Other measures approved by the House today would:
• Provide flexibility to allow licensed health care workers such as physician assistants, registered nurses and pharmacists to continue testing people for COVID-19 (HB 6293).
• Safeguard the unemployment benefits put in place during the pandemic and guarantee those benefits will continue uninterrupted for the maximum number of weeks allowed by the federal government (SB 886). Without this reform, the federal government could revoke the unemployment assistance it is providing the state.
• Extend the validity of vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses and state identification cards that expired after March 2020, and waive late fees associated with renewing expired documents (HBs 5756, 5757, 6192).
• Establish a plan to open state unemployment offices and Secretary of State branches to better serve the public (SB 748).
State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township participated in a virtual meeting today hosted by the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the most recent pandemic order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.