Senator Jeremy Moss COVID Resources Newsletter

Dear Neighbor,

As your State Senator, I take seriously the responsibility to ensure you have access to all the resources available to you during this COVID-19 pandemic. In this newsletter, you’ll find helpful resources as well as information on legislation I’ve introduced to ensure residents and workers are protected and critical services remain available. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly to my office. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Working for you,


Jeremy Moss
State Senator

Toll-free: (855) DIST011 or (855) 347-8011
Website: SenatorMoss.com
Email: SenJMoss@senate.michigan.gov


STATE SENATOR JEREMY MOSS SUPPORTING YOU DURING COVID-19


Issued recommendations to Governor Gretchen Whitmer on how to

Protect Workers During Economic Re-engagement

and sponsored Senate Bill 931 to prevent retaliation against workers who cannot return to work due to reasons related to COVID-19


Partnered with Attorney General Dana Nessel to

Hold Unscrupulous business Accountable

and sponsored Senate Bills 846 and 848 to strengthen Michigan’s price-gouging law and protect vulnerable people from being exploited


Worked with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to

Limit Disruption During Branch Office Closures

and sponsored Senate Bills 902-904 to extend the expiration dates of driver’s licenses and state IDs that cannot be renewed during an emergency


COVID-19 RESOURCES

SENATE DISTRICT 11 RESOURCES
Information from my office about COVID-19
SenatorMoss.com | 1- 855-347-8011
AREA AGENCY ON AGING 1-B
Coronavirus resources for seniors
aaa1b.org/coronavirus 1-800-852-7795
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
michiganbusiness.org 1-888-522-0103
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL How to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick
cdc.gov | 1-800-232-4636
REPORT CONSUMER SCAMS
Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection
1-877-765-8388
TESTING LOCATIONS
and more information on Michigan’s response:
michigan.gov/coronavirus
1-888-535-6136
MI HELP LINE
For health-related questions Available every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1-888-535-6136
OAKLAND COUNTY COVID RESOURCES
Local COVID-19 resources
www.oakgov.com/covid/Pages/default.aspx | 248-858-1000

Extending Driver’s License
and State ID Renewals

I introduced a package of bills that would grant the Secretary of State the option of extending the expiration dates of Michigan driver’s licenses and state ID cards during a state of emergency.

This pandemic has been disruptive in many ways. Drivers who were unable to renew their licenses inside shuttered Secretary of State branch offices should be granted some relief, and I am pleased to have been able to partner with Secretary of State Benson to provide a needed solution to a problem many Michiganders will face. This legislation also ensures that there is no question about the license renewal process during a future emergency that may shut down branch offices.

Senate Bills 902-904 and House Bills 5755- 5757 would allow the Secretary of State to extend license expiration dates 60 days after the end of a state of emergency, along with licenses that expired within a week of the beginning of a state of emergency.

The bills would also grant the Secretary of State the authority to waive any penalties associated with an expired driver’s license.


RE-ENGAGING MICHIGAN’S ECONOMY SAFELY

I was a member of the Senate Safe Behaviors for Safe Workplaces workgroup, which was tasked with gathering information from businesses, medical professionals, and residents to create recommendations for best practices in the workplace in preparation of the workforce responsibly, and safely, transitioning back to their places of employment. My Democratic colleagues on the workgroup and I released our recommendations to the Governor on how to safely re-engage Michigan’s economy.

As you know, I represent a community that, in normal times, is an economic hub in Southeast

Senate Bills 902-904 and House Bills 5755- 5757 would allow the Secretary of State to extend license expiration dates 60 days after the end of a state of emergency, along with licenses that expired within a week of the beginning of a state of emergency.

The bills would also grant the Secretary of State the authority to waive any penalties associated with an expired driver’s license.

Michigan and, in these abnormal times, has been one of the hardest hit areas of the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations we made aim to ensure vulnerable workers are protected when the economy comes back online and takes into consideration workers’ individual conditions — such as underlying chronic health issues, lack of access to safe transit, and other barriers — as we emerge from this public health crisis together.

As the leading Democrats on the workgroup, we backed the recommendations to keep the public’s health at the forefront of the conversation, including the need to:

  • Adopt a COVID-19 resurgence plan, so the state is ready to respond immediately if cases start increasing again after a period of sustained reduction.
  • Require employers obtain a list of testing sites from their local public health department and make it readily available to employees.
  • Release guidelines clarifying types of PPE and disinfecting products that are proven to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 most effectively.
  • Create a Statewide COVID-19 Safety Standard for businesses and local governments.
  • Establish mandatory screening protocols, social distancing policies, and robust sanitation policies.
  • Support increased funding for the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration to hire and train staff that can adequately respond to COVID-19 workplace complaints.
  • Expand paid sick leave coverage to all workers, regardless of company size and employment status, such that workers can accrue at least 72 hours of paid sick leave per year.

If you would like to read the findings of our report, please contact my office.


Prohibiting Price Gouging During COVID-19

After Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I partnered with Attorney General Nessel to introduce a package of bills aimed at protecting Michigan residents from price gouging during a health emergency.

No one in Michigan should be profiteering from this global health crisis. About 30 other states already have laws that protect vulnerable people from being exploited during a state of emergency — Michigan needs the same.

The three-bill package would prohibit an individual or business from pricing an essential good or service with an unjustified disparity of more than 10% its price preceding, during, and reasonably after the state of emergency. Items protected from price gouging under the proposal would include food, emergency and medical supplies, housing and lodging, and gasoline and propane.


In addition to a public health crisis, these bills will also prevent price gouging during emergencies such as:


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