Newsletter Updates
Republicans Introduce Bill to Prohibit Employers from Requiring Proof of Vaccination
Friday, May 07, 2021 12:00 AM

This week, Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives turned their attention toward the issue of so-called “vaccine passports,” or the use of paper or digital documentation of an individual’s vaccination status. As public health guidance and orders continue to focus on the number of vaccinated individuals when considering COVID restrictions, the debate has arisen over the authority of government and private entities to require proof of vaccination as condition for entry, service, employment, etc… For example, several Michigan universities have said they will require students to be vaccinated in order to live on campus.

In the Legislature, several bills would pertain to the role of state or local governments to issue or enforce “vaccine passports,” but a new bill introduced on Thursday (HB 4791) would create a new prohibition against employment discrimination based on vaccination or immunity status.

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DHHS Updates Epidemic Order and Loosens Some Mask Requirements, but Workplace Discrepancies Exist
Friday, May 07, 2021 12:00 AM

This week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an updated epidemic order and loosened some mask requirements. The order – which went into effect on Thursday, May 6th and continues through May 31st – primarily applies to settings outside of the workplace. In contrast, workplace requirements continue to be set through MIOSHA’s emergency COVID standards, creating some notable discrepancies.

Please click here for a copy of the DHHS press release and the order.

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ERRC Approves Rules Setting Cleanup Criteria for Five Additional PFAS
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00 AM

On Thursday, the state’s Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC) approved a set of rules that will establish cleanup standards under the Part 201 program for five additional PFAS compounds.

The ERRC is an independent stakeholder committee that oversees any environmental rulemaking, and had previously signed off on the rules setting landmark drinking water standards for seven PFAS compounds.

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Governor Releases New Plan Tying COVID Reopenings to Vaccination Rate
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00 AM

On Thursday, April 29th, Governor Whitmer and MDHHS officials held a press conference to announce a new plan to get “MI Vacc to Normal.” The plan proposes to base future DHHS epidemic orders on vaccination-based milestones, with potential rollbacks in restrictions on in-person work, restaurant and stadium capacities, social gatherings, and face mask orders.

Please click here for the full press release from Governor Whitmer

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House Passes MCC-Supported Bills to Improve Michigan’s Recycling Performance
Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 AM

Coinciding with Thursday’s recognition of Earth Day, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bipartisan legislative package to overhaul Michigan’s solid waste laws and improve recycling rates in the state.

The bills would (HB 4454-4461) modernize Part 115 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to set a goal of increasing Michigan’s recycling rate to 45%, up from the current estimate of 18% of municipal solid waste. The MCC has been part of these discussions going back to the Snyder administration in 2016, and has worked to successfully include industry priorities for the potential development of advanced plastics recycling facilities, and for improving overall recycling performance.

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