State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, issued the following statement in opposition to Ottawa County’s recently implemented mask mandate for students and teachers in all K-6 classrooms, regardless of vaccination status:
“The parents of Ottawa County know what is best for their children and their right to do so should be respected. Residents across our communities have made it clear to me that they do not want another mask mandate, especially for those who are already vaccinated. As their representative, it is my job to give them a voice.
“Unelected bureaucrats should not have the power to make unilateral mandates impacting an entire community of free-thinking and capable adults. Let’s let parents make decisions for their own children. It’s time to take a stand against heavy-handed mandates from bureaucratic entities.
“I will do everything I can to help the people’s voice be heard and reverse this mandate! ‘We the people’ are speaking, and this government needs to be answerable to ‘we the people.’”
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: