MI lawmakers to vote on emergency declaration extension

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — State lawmakers, or at least some of them, are heading back to Lansing for a session Tuesday, but it will not look like any session of the Legislature any of us have ever seen.

Everyone going into the Capitol building will be screened. Their temperature will be taken and a short health questionnaire completed.

The day will look like this in the House: Members will check in — think of it as taking attendance — one by one and then will leave the chamber. Once a quorum (one more than half of all the members elected and serving) is a achieved, a voice vote will be taken with only a few members remaining on the floor.

That vote is expected to extend the emergency that the governor declared last month until April 30.

The House will take longer than the Senate because the House will have to have at least 55 members. Check-in alone will take in excess of two hours. The Senate will need only 20 members and will bring in small groups until they get to a quorum and, like the House, will take a voice vote.

That will be the only item on the agenda for the day.

Under the state of emergency, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued several COVID-19-related executive orders, including for everyone to stay at home.

The stay-at-home order is currently scheduled to run out April 13 but will likely be extended, Whitmer said Monday. It’s not yet known when she will officially do so or how long it will ultimately last.

 

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