Government Affairs News


Now that Gov. Whitmer has had a chance to sign or veto all of the legislation presented to her during Michigan’s 2020 lame duck session, below is a recap of the bills MRA was following and how they fared.

NEW MDHHS order includes retail capacity limits, worker protections

Under a revised order issued today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) set capacity limits for all retail locations except those in Region 6 at 50% total occupancy.

What exactly happened this week between the governor and the legislature?

By AMY DRUMM, MRA Vice President, Government Affairs

Thursday, April 30 marked the last day of the legislative extension of the governor’s executive powers under a 1976 Emergency Management Act.

New cleaning and mitigation efforts required for food selling-establishments and pharmacies

Executive Order 2020-109, originally issued as E.O. 2020-60 on Sunday, April 26 and continuing through the state of emergency, requires all food-selling establishments (grocery stores, convenience stores,

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA coverage

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law. That law added two new emergency benefits that employees are eligible for from smaller employers (under 500 employees).

Resources on Michigan’s price gouging law and state closures/updates on COVID-19

In this issue:

  • Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan
  • Worth remembering: price gouging = prices grossly in excess of normal price points
  • Supplemental approved to partially restore Pure Michigan funding
  • Ypsilanti adds criminal felony convictions to anti-discrimination ordinance
  • Resources for retailers
  • Regulatory round-up

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EV charging bills move, tobacco vaping changes discussed and prescription drug cost/reimbursement

Pure Michigan funding debate, tobacco law updates introduced

In this issue:

  • Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding
  • Bipartisan package to update tobacco/vaping laws introduced
  • Legislators mulling bank and grocery store-based Secretary of State locations
  • FDA begins enforcement on certain flavored vaping products
  • State scraps switching pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement to fee-for-service plan
  • Regulatory round-up
  • 2019-2020 bill tracker

Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding

Following an overview of the proposed Labor and Economic Opportunity budget,

Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address

In this issue:

  • Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address
  • Commission approves liquor packaging changes
  • Changes to bottle deposit escheats introduced
  • Pharmacy members please note: Michigan close to decision on carving out of the Medicaid pharmacy benefit from managed care
  • Regulatory round-up

Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address

In the shortest State of the State speech in memory,

Road funding questions and guidance from the FDA

In this issue:

  • What could a road funding plan look like?
  • UIA obligation assessment phased out early
  • FDA bans fruit and mint flavored cartridge-based e-cigs effective Feb.