State Rep. John Damoose, of Harbor Springs, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to lift COVID-19 restrictions and include legislators in future emergency orders:
“After over a year of unilateral shutdown orders, Gov. Whitmer is finally reopening our state and lifting the restrictions on Michigan businesses and our daily lives. My legislative colleagues and I have been calling for reopening for a long time, and I am glad to see the governor agree that it is time to let people make the best decisions to protect themselves and resume their normal lives.
“Gov. Whitmer’s announcement is not only welcome news for Northern Michigan residents who have been burdened by orders from her administration, but it is also an excellent sign for a properly functioning state government. The people’s elected representatives in the Legislature are responsible for making laws for our state, and no governor of any party should be able to ignore lawmakers and go it alone. I look forward to continuing my work in the Legislature to ensure that public policy empowers the people of our state to earn a living and exercise their rights without excessive government burdens.”
Gov. Whitmer on Thursday announced that outdoor gathering limits will be lifted on June 1, and indoor capacity restrictions will be phased out by July 1. House Speaker Jason Wentworth and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey also announced an agreement with the governor that includes a statutory change to strengthen the Legislature’s role in all future pandemic-related emergency orders.
Rep. Damoose talks about his HB 5335, which is currently out of the House and pending in the Michigan Senate. HB 5335 would require local clerks to provide badges, which poll challengers would wear while at a polling place or counting board. Rep. Damoose says the legislation is part of a larger move toward transparency.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority on Thursday unanimously supported state Rep. John Damoose’s plan to protect Michigan’s major infrastructure by heightening penalties for illegal entry.
While praising a court ruling that will allow a key pro-life law to be enforced, state Rep. John Damoose, founder and co-chair of the legislative Pro-Life Caucus, today repeated his resolve to protect preborn babies from abortion.
State Rep. John Damoose, founder and co-chair of the legislative Pro-Life Caucus, today slammed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her intention to remove funding to help children and families from the state’s bipartisan budget.