State Rep. Luke Meerman and state Sen. Roger Victory today voiced their support of local parents in their fight to legally overturn the Ottawa County Health Department mask mandate for K-6 students.
Meerman and Victory say they stand behind parents and their right to choose what is best for their own children.
“The idea that one health director, without the people’s voice via their elected commissioners, can determine what is the county’s health response is antithetical to our democracy,” said Meerman, of Coopersville. “The people’s voice is not being heard as the process has been allowed to play out thus far. We intend to bring the people’s voice back to the table.”
“The Health Department is singling out Ottawa County’s children with these mandates,” said Victory, of Hudsonville. “No other gathering place, business, or public entity is being targeted the way our schools currently are. We cannot sit by and let the most vulnerable and impressionable segment of our population be subjected to continued authoritarian overreach. These decisions must be left to informed individuals to decide what is best for themselves and their families.”
The Ottawa County Health Department announced its student mask mandate on Aug. 20. Days later, more than 1,000 parents and guardians appeared before officials at the county offices in West Olive calling for a reversal of the mandate.
Rep. Meerman, one of the co-chairs of the Michigan House School Safety Task Force, talks about the recommendations of the panel, including plans to create a special commission to improve the mental health of school-age students and hire additional staff who are dedicated to ensuring school safety.
Several reforms recommended by the bipartisan Michigan House School Safety Task Force were formally introduced today, including plans to create a special commission to improve the mental health of school-age students, hire additional staff who are dedicated to ensuring school safety, standardize statewide school safety definitions and provide guidance for building new school buildings to ensure security.
State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) joined the Michigan Legislature in approving a bipartisan budget that supports key public services, such as law enforcement and road improvements while paying down debt.
State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) issued the following statement after the president asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, urging Gov. Whitmer to give drivers additional savings at the pump by approving a state gas tax break as proposed by the Legislature: