State Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today introduced a bill prohibiting the state of Michigan from using taxpayer resources to implement or enforce the proposed federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate that will impact up to 100 million workers in America.
The plan includes the prohibition of any state agency, such as the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA), from implementing or enforcing federal workplace rules that would require employers with large workforces to mandate employee vaccinations or COVID-19 testing. President Joe Biden recently announced that his plan would require private employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing.
The requirement comes with a $14,000 fine per violation, and Biden’s administration has pledged to take enforcement actions against businesses that choose not to comply.
“President Biden is attempting to unconstitutionally use the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a tool to force businesses to comply with vaccine and COVID-19 testing mandates. This mandate is unconstitutional because it violates the tenth amendment. In addition, it’s unlawful as it exceeds OSHA authority,” said Rep. Johnson. “It is likely that they will try to weaponize MIOSHA to assist in enforcing this unconstitutional mandate. My bill seeks to protect the civil liberties and individual freedoms of the workers and businesses of the great state of Michigan. The legislation ensures the state of Michigan will have no part in carrying out this federal overreach.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today testified on plans to make the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency more efficient and effective for the people it serves. The proposals provide solutions and accountability after numerous people across the state experienced frustration and anxiety as they have tried to get benefit claims fulfilled during COVID-19. An […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson looks ahead to a joint hearing Tuesday, November 30, with his committee and the Senate Oversight Committee to hear from the Michigan Auditor General’s office on their report on the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Rep. Johnson says the UIA made almost $4 billion in overpayments during the pandemic and […]
Members of the Michigan House and Senate oversight committees, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), on Tuesday will meet with newly appointed state Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Julia Dale and officials from the state Auditor General’s office to discuss a recent audit detailing mistakes made by the agency. The state Auditor General examined […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson says that Thursday’s Auditor General’s report on almost $4 billion in overpayments by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency during the pandemic reflect a failure by the Whitmer administration and ineptitude and ineffectiveness on the part of the UIA.