New webpage collects public comments regarding MIOSHA proposal
State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today urged Saginaw County residents to share their opposition to the Whitmer administration’s attempt to make emergency pandemic workplace rules permanent.
Michigan residents can now log on to https://gophouse.org/posts/whitmeremergency to fill out an online form and get their comments sent directly to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
“Throughout this pandemic, one thing all residents and businesses have relied upon has been the message that the challenges we’ve faced are temporary,” said Wakeman, of Saginaw Township. “Now, Gov. Whitmer is working behind the scenes to try to make her burdensome rules permanent – something she said would not happen. We must all take a stand against her endless emergency rules.”
If MIOSHA’s rules become permanent, job providers would have to continue adhering to many of the temporary directives put in place during the pandemic – including face mask requirements for employees and customers, social distancing constraints, and limits on in-person work to the extent that work can be completed remotely.
A full list of all the workplace requirements the Whitmer administration is seeking to make permanent is available here.
“Government has a long track record that once a policy issue is made permanent, it is frightfully difficult and slow to repeal said policy,” Wakeman said. “Permanent rules are not what Michigan residents expected.”
MIOSHA will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules on May 26. All public comments must be submitted to the webpage by 5 p.m. that day.
“I hear people’s concerns and remain focused on common-sense reforms that have broad support,” Wakeman said. “These changes will ensure best practices are followed in future elections and help restore faith that our processes are safe and secure.”
Rep. Wakeman talks about the House vote Wednesday to approve the citizen petition repealing the Governor’s emergency powers granted under a 1945 law, saying today’s vote reflects the will of the people.
State Rep. Rodney Wakeman and the Michigan House today approved the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative to repeal the unconstitutional state law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to hold unilateral power over the people of Michigan during the early portion of the COVID-19 pandemic.