Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Chair Matt Hall, of Marshall, today issued the following statement after a concurrent resolution granting power for the joint House-Senate panel to subpoena individuals was approved. The resolution passed the House in bipartisan fashion with a 68-33 vote. Multiple individuals have refused to appear before the committee in recent months, even after it was disclosed that they had headed up COVID-19 response efforts in certain areas for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration:
“Throughout this select committee’s timeline, we’ve been committed to giving the people of Michigan a voice, allowing them to share their experiences and providing them with answers on decisions that have been made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in response to COVID-19. We’ve been impeded in these efforts as several people within the administration have not been transparent and have actively worked to keep key information concealed.
“Decisions made by Gov. Whitmer’s administration over the past several months have impacted lives and livelihoods throughout the state. With the Legislature now fulfilling its constitutional duty in helping to develop COVID-19 response efforts, the people who offered input into decisions made by Gov. Whitmer must be forthright and accountable to the people and those who represent them. We need to know what went into these decisions, what worked and what can work better so that we can get through this pandemic with healthy residents and a healthy economy. Some individuals within the administration have refused to provide this pivotal information to our committee to this point.
“I did not want to reach this point, but I remain committed to these efforts as I chair this select committee – and I will see that those who have not been transparent are providing answers to people who have been impacted so harshly by these decisions. I believe Michigan residents and their families are owed that.”
Rep. Hall, the Chair of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, talks about Monday’s committee hearing with Dr. Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive. Rep. Hall says moving forward, there needs to be balanced policy and a committed partnership to fight the pandemic.
State Rep. Matt Hall and the Michigan House today approved several measures to continue protecting and helping Michigan families during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hall, of Marshall, noted the plan will work to open regional unemployment offices and Secretary of State branches to better serve the public. Michigan residents experienced several months of […]
“The recent Supreme Court ruling was clear. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration needs to partner with representatives of the people to develop a smarter plan of action in response to this crisis. Legislators on our committee have heard from people across the state who have had their lives and livelihoods impacted by COVID-19. There have been unintended and concerning consequences stemming from the administration’s policies over the past several months – and those have taken a back seat.