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Governor strengthens mask requirements in businesses, includes outdoor crowds

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 10, 2020


With Michigan COVID-19 cases climbing in recent weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new Executive Order, requiring businesses to turn away customers who refuse to wear face coverings – with some exceptions. Masks must also be worn in crowded outdoor areas. Beginning July 13, Executive Order 2020-147 makes willful violation of the order a misdemeanor […]

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Washington Report – July 2, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 2, 2020


As the Senate adjourns for a two week recess July 3, police reform legislation hangs in the balance.  On June 24, Democrats in the Senate blocked the motion to proceed on Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) police reform legislation, the Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act (S. 3985), essentially filibustering the bill. […]

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As cases rise statewide, Governor announces state will not advance re-opening

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 30, 2020


With COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will not be advancing reopening the state before the July 4th holiday weekend. “We’re in a stronger position than many other states that are seeing a major resurgence,” Whitmer said. “But our numbers are not as strong today as they were a […]

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Karoub Report – June 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 30, 2020


COVID-19 continues to shape legislation as Republican lawmakers introduce a $1 billion “Return to Learn Plan” which steers federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to local school districts so officials craft their own safety protocols, learning plans, academic calendars and extracurricular activities addressing COVID-19 concerns; Unlock Michigan is seeking to repeal […]

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Police Reform: Senate Democrats block Republican proposal, House set to vote on Justice in Policing Act

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 24, 2020


Senate Democrats blocked the motion to proceed on Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) police reform legislation, the Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act (S. 3985), essentially filibustering the bill. Democrats do not feel the JUSTICE Act goes far enough and want Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan solution for the Senate to vote […]

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Washington Report – June 19, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 22, 2020


On June 10, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on “Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability” which focused on officers use of lethal force, officer accountability and transparency in policing. NAPO sent two letters to the House Judiciary Committee: one in response to the hearing and the entire process and one outlining our […]

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Whitmer says Michigan schools may reopen this fall, extends State of Emergency

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 17, 2020


By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced schools may re-open for in-person instruction this fall under Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan – with strict health and safety measures in place. Guidelines are being developed and will be released through an Executive Order and “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” June […]

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NAPO updates members on proposed police reform legislation

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 17, 2020


NAPO is monitoring House and Senate movement on efforts to reform police practices and has sent letters to the House Judiciary Committee and submitted a statement for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. As these measures move swiftly, NAPO recently sent an email updating members on the issue. Please click below for more information on police […]

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Washington Report – June 5, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 8, 2020


In a victory for NAPO, the House passed H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officers Pandemic Response Act, and S. 2746, the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act, on May 27.  The Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act would establish that COVID-19 shall be presumed to have been contracted as a result of the officer’s service […]

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Governor moving Northern Michigan to Phase 5, reopening personal services statewide

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 5, 2020


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she is moving the Upper Pennisula and Traverse City area of Northern Michigan into Phase 5 of the reopening plan and allowing more businesses to open  statewide. Effective June 10, Regions 6 and 8, in Northern Michigan will move to Phase 5 of the six-phase governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. In […]

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