Gretchen Whitmer Vetoes Bill Forgiving Michigan Businesses for First-Time Coronavirus Violations

Gretchen Whitmer Vetoes Bill Forgiving Michigan Businesses for First-Time Coronavirus Violations


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature this month that would have prohibited the state from fining a business the first time it violated coronavirus orders.

Whitmer reasoned in her veto notice, dated November 11, that granting the one-time forgiveness waiver to Michigan businesses would be a violation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and that House Bill 4501 would therefore “have disastrous consequences” for the state.

“By prohibiting the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA) from assessing a fine for an employer’s first violation of a COVID-19 emergency standard, HB 4501 would cause Michigan to fall below the minimum standard required by federal law, including 29 C.F.R. § 1902.37(12),” Whitmer wrote. “That would have disastrous

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