VanderWall backs continuing critical COVID-19 protections, defending the people’s voice in emergency actions

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Thursday voted to continue many noninvasive COVID-19 protections and defend the Legislature’s role in states of emergency.

“Thursday’s votes were necessary to restore some order and common sense in Michigan’s efforts to fight this virus and safely reopen the state for business,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Where the governor has put in place steps that are working, we have extended them. Where she has overstepped her authority, we have ensured that we can take her to court as necessary to rein in her actions.”

The Senate sent the governor legislation to put several COVID-19 executive orders into law and extend those that need to continue to help extend efforts to fight the virus and deal with its impacts.

Among the 28 orders included in Senate Bill 858 are those regarding expanded unemployment benefits (EO 2020-57), distance learning for schools (EO 2020-35), and liability protections for health care workers treating patients in innovative ways (EO 2020-39).

The bill does not include or extend the state of emergency declaration or the governor’s stay-at-home order (EO 2020-59).

The Senate also approved Senate Resolution 114 to allow the body to challenge in court any executive actions taken by the governor after the Legislature’s state of emergency extension expires on May 1.