Sen. Zorn supports COVID-19 protection measures

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday voted for several COVID-19 protection measures in the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down the governor’s coronavirus-related executive orders.

“We must work together, and my Senate colleagues and I have repeatedly said we’re ready and willing to partner with the governor to protect our state and the Michigan people. Unfortunately, the governor has consistently rejected our efforts,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, I hope the governor will join us in a cooperative fashion to protect families, workers and job providers from COVID-19.

“To begin this outreach for bipartisan solutions, I was proud to support bills to continue vital unemployment benefits for struggling workers, protect Michigan seniors in nursing facilities, and enable local governments officials to continue to meet remotely during the outbreak.”

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 and still engage the general public.

SB 1094 would reduce the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by implementing recommendations of the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. It prohibits the return of COVID-19-positive residents to nursing facilities unless they have recovered or if the facility has established a state approved and dedicated area to care for people with the virus.

“The governor previously vetoed similar bills regarding unemployment benefits and nursing home protections. I hope this time she will support the Michigan people and sign these important bills into law,” Zorn said.

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.