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MI COVID Story Launched

May 29, 2020

A new website has launched, allowing Michigan residents to share their stories and experiences on how decisions made during the outbreak have impacted them. The site was created by the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, chaired by Representative Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township). The site will be used by the committee during the committee […]

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Secretary of State Offices Reopening

May 29, 2020

Beginning June 1, Secretary of State offices across the state will reopen by appointment only for essential transactions not available online. All 131 branch offices will be open Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Strict health safety protocol will be followed, including wearing masks, using desk shields, and disinfection of shared or […]

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Be Like Mo

May 27, 2020

This blog post was going to be about goal setting and the determination and perseverance it takes to attain your personal and professional goals. But then I woke up on Tuesday, May 12 to some rough personal news. A friend and colleague that I had worked with over the years in the Capitol passed away […]

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Small Business Grant Program Introduced

May 22, 2020

Representative Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) introduced legislation building upon a state program established earlier this year to provide relief to small businesses. The proposed program would provide grants of up to $10,000 to eligible businesses with 50 or fewer employees impacted by COVID-19. The money could be used to pay employees, for rent or mortgage payments, […]

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Secretary of State Mailing Absentee Ballot Applications

May 22, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that all registered voters in Michigan will receive an application to vote by mail in the August and November elections. Of the 7.7 million registered voters in the state, about 1.3 million are on the permanent absent voter list, and their local election clerk mails them applications ahead of […]

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Zooming Through the World of Lobbying, During a Pandemic

May 20, 2020

Coffee. Answer emails. Call. Conference call. Email. Zoom. Walk around the house. Zoom. Call. Lunch. Zoom. GoToMeeting. (Who still uses GoToMeeting?) Call. Return call. Yell at the kids to settle down and get back to work. Call. Call. Tell the kids they are done for the day. Zoom. Answer emails. Start dinner. Or, maybe have […]

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Navigating Communication During Quarantine

May 13, 2020

The last eight plus weeks has challenged all of us to learn, adapt, live and work in a new way. That has been the same for the legislators that we work and interact with. As lobbyists, the MLC team interacts with numerous legislators daily– through committee hearings, legislative session, coffee, lunch, dinner, or a short […]

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Senate Approves Health Care Worker Immunity Bill

May 08, 2020

This week, the Senate passed legislation providing immunity for health care workers during a state of emergency or disaster. Introduced by Senator Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Twp.), the bill amends the Emergency Management Act to clarify provisions that provide health care professionals and facilities with immunity from civil or criminal liability during a declared state of […]

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