Stamas supports COVID-19 protection measures

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas 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.

“Following the Supreme Court’s restoration of our constitutional balance of power, we must work together to protect our state and its people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The Michigan people are struggling, and they need real leadership — not political infighting. We recently came together to resolve a historic budget deficit and pass a new balanced budget, and we must build on that partnership to find common ground on critical coronavirus protections.”

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.

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.

“These important measures will preserve critical unemployment benefits, safeguard seniors in nursing homes, protect local government officials and health care workers, and extend the deadline for people to renew their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations,” Stamas said. “While the governor vetoed some similar efforts in the past, I hope this time she will sign these bills to help the people of Michigan during this challenging time.”