State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement after the Michigan House approved the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative. The action repeals the unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to make wide-ranging, unilateral executive orders in response to COVID-19:
“This is an important day in the history of the state. People across Michigan came together utilizing a constitutional approach and told state government their voices were not being heard as one person ruled alone. I’m pleased to support this measure and repeal an emergency powers law that had an impact on so many people during our state’s response to COVID-19.
“Legislators know their communities best. They talk with people and their families in neighborhoods or at the corner diner – formulating solutions based on questions and concerns they hear or experiences people have. When Gov. Whitmer worked around the Legislature to craft directives, that process was taken away. The people lost as a result.
“But they won today. And it’s a win going forward for Michigan as the balance of state government will be preserved.”
After Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has failed to correct substantial internal issues over nearly a two-year period, legislative action was sorely needed. Multiple proposals, including one from state Rep. Michele Hoitenga that will deliver a more efficient and effective state jobless agency, today were approved by the House Oversight Committee. The plans, which now move […]
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement after the state Department of Health and Human Services sent out a notice encouraging doctors to prescribe and recommend monoclonal antibody infusions to treat COVID-19 patients:
Rep. Hoitenga speaks at a Lansing press conference Tuesday on continued reforms to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. The proposals include an independent citizens advocate and establish a 10-day timeline for making determinations. Rep. Hoitenga says her legislative office staff is doing a lot of work for the UIA and that the agency needs to […]