MacDonald votes to send COVID-19 protection measures to the governor

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald voted to send to the governor several COVID-19 protection measures in the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down her coronavirus-related executive orders.

“We must work together to protect the health and safety of all Michigan residents. It is what the people expect and how our system of government in supposed to work,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “These commonsense reforms will support workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19, keep seniors in nursing homes safe from the virus, protect health care providers from lawsuits, and allow local government boards to meet virtually.

“I will keep putting Macomb families first by going to work to protect them and our state, and I hope these measures are the beginning of a new, positive partnership with the governor on dealing with the coronavirus.”

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. Among other things, this bill requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to implement a process to create Care and Recovery Centers within nursing homes for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

House Bill 6159 would provide liability protections for health care providers for services related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and HB 6192 would extend expiration deadlines for Michigan driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations until Dec. 31, 2020.

“Health care providers should be able to focus their entire efforts on the best possible care for their patients,” MacDonald said. “We passed similar legislation I sponsored this summer to protect our front-line health care workers, but the governor vetoed it — along with vetoing bills safeguarding our nursing homes and helping unemployed workers. This time, I hope the governor will stand up for the Michigan people and sign these important measures.”