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Michigan State Legislature dosen't see interest in modifying rules during COVID-19

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While most workplaces modified their health practices during the pandemic, the Michigan State Legislature remained largely the same.

Incoming House Speaker Jason Wentworth does not have plans to make any changes to the House procedures.

In the state Senate, despite making allowances for remote testimony at some hearings, no additional changes are being made either.

State Senator Mallory McMorrow is a Democrat from Royal Oak. She says her resolution that would’ve allowed for virtual participation in committee meetings has stagnated.

“I’ve seen an increase in Senators wearing masks, which is a positive given where we were a few months ago. But there just does not seem to be any interest in modifying the rules to allow for virtual meeting.”

The Michigan State House is currently being investigated following an employee complaint alleging the House violated COVID-19 workplace rules.

The next legislative session begins on January 13th, 2021