More COVID bills pass in Lansing
State lawmakers have passed two bills meant to replace orders previously issued by the governor but overruled by the state’s Supreme Court. The legislation cover unemployment benefits and COVID-19 patients being transferred to nursing homes.
Senate Bill 0886 extends unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks, similar to one of the governor’s recently invalidated executive orders. The bill also makes it more difficult for people to qualify for unemployment in the first place.
Senate Bill 1094 restricts transferring patients with COVID-19 into nursing homes. A doctor would be required to transfer a patient and officials would have to ensure the patient was stable enough to be kept in such a facility.