MacDonald supports COVID-19 protection measures

LANSING, Mich. — In the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down the governor’s coronavirus-related executive orders, Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday voted for measures to support unemployed workers, protect seniors in nursing homes, and allow local governments to meet virtually.

“After the court reinforced our constitutional system of shared governance, we owe it to all Michigan families to work together to protect them during this pandemic,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Since this outbreak began, we have repeatedly urged the governor to work with us, including sending her multiple reforms to help people dealing with COVID-19. Unfortunately, she chose unilateral action over a united approach.

“The people of Macomb County sent me to the Senate to find bipartisan solutions, and I am proud that these COVID-19 measures will protect our seniors, local officials and unemployed workers. I hope the governor will join us this time and help enact these important protections into law.”

Senate Bills 886 and 911 would continue unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks for eligible workers out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1108 would allow boards of local governments and other public entities to meet electronically for a limited time and still engage the general public.

SB 1094 would reduce the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by implementing recommendations of the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. It prohibits the return of COVID-19-positive residents to nursing facilities unless they have recovered or if the facility has established a state approved and dedicated area to care for people with the virus.

“The pandemic is not over, and I remain committed to working across the aisle to protect the Michigan people in a responsible manner,” MacDonald said.

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.