Sen. MacDonald encourages residents to comment on making MIOSHA rules permanent

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald has announced that Macomb County residents can submit comments through a new Senate website on the governor’s plan to make the state’s current COVID-19 emergency workplace rules permanent.

“Like many Macomb families, I was stunned when I found out that the governor was working to make workplace COVID-19 restrictions permanent at the same time she was announcing steps to end to Michigan’s 13-month state of emergency and finally fully reopen our state,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “In fact, the governor on Monday announced Michigan had hit the first benchmark to reopening under her ‘Vacc to Normal’ plan.

“With 55% of the people age 16 and older in our state having received at least one dose of a vaccine, the ban on in-person office work will end on May 24. Two days later, MIOSHA will hold a required virtual public hearing on making the rules permanent. It doesn’t make any sense.”

After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in October 2020 that Gov. Whitmer did not have the authority to continue issuing executive orders by declaring a state of emergency, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration used its ability to put in place COVID-19 emergency workplace safety rules.

MIOSHA’s second six-month extension of the rules expires on Oct. 14, so the agency has announced it is taking steps to make them permanent. As part of the rule-making process, any department rule changes are subject to a public comment period and a public hearing. The MIOSHA rules are scheduled for a virtual hearing on May 26 at 9 a.m.

Comments on the proposed rules can be made during the public hearing or can be submitted in advance by mail or email until May 26 at 5 p.m.

MacDonald said a Senate website has been launched where residents can provide input on the proposed rules. The information provided will be sent directly to the department as a public comment. To submit a comment, visit www.MISenateGOP.com/WhitmerEmergency.

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