Unlock Michigan is a coalition of concerned Michiganders who believe that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s crushing lockdown of life and business across Michigan is a dangerous threat to our livelihoods and constitutional liberties. We believe it’s time for the people to take back the power and reform Michigan.

 

Read the full language of our proposal:

INITIATION OF LEGISLATION
An initiation of legislation to amend Sections 2253 and 2453 of the Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978, MCL 333.2253 and MCL 333.2453. The current Act authorizes the director of the department of health and human services and local health officers to determine that control of an infectious disease outbreak is necessary to protect the public health and issue emergency orders. This proposal would require determinations be in writing and would make an emergency order expire after 28 days unless the state legislature or a local governing body extends it.
Full text of the proposal (language that would be added is shown in capital letters and deleted language is struck out with a line)
An initiation of legislation to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled
“public health code, “
by amending sections 2253 and 2453 (MCL 333.2253 and MCL 333.2453), as amended by 2006 PA 157.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 2253. (1) If the director determines IN WRITING that control of an epidemic is necessary to protect the public health, the director by emergency order may prohibit the gathering of people for any purpose and may establish procedures to be followed during the epidemic to insure continuation of essential public health services and enforcement of health laws. Emergency procedures shall not be limited to this code. THE AUTHORITY OF THE DIRECTOR TO ISSUE, REVISE, REPLACE, AND ENFORCE AN EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO AN EPIDEMIC UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL CONTINUE FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO 28 DAYS AFTER THE DIRECTOR’S WRITTEN DETERMINATION THAT CONTROL OF THAT EPIDEMIC IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH. AFTER THIS 28-DAY PERIOD, ANY EMERGENCY ORDER UNDER THIS SECTION RELATED TO THAT EPIDEMIC IS AUTOMATICALLY RESCINDED AND UNENFORCEABLE AND ANY NEW EMERGENCY ORDER UNDER THIS SECTION RELATED TO THAT EPIDEMIC SHALL NOT BE ISSUED UNLESS A REQUEST BY THE DIRECTOR FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO ISSUE, REVISE, REPLACE, AND ENFORCE AN EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO THAT EPIDEMIC FOR A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF DAYS IS APPROVED BY RESOLUTION OF BOTH HOUSES OF THE LEGISLATURE.
(2) If an epidemic described in subsection (1) involves avian influenza or another virus or disease that is or may be spread by contact with animals, the department of agriculture shall cooperate with and assist the director in the director’s response to the epidemic.
(3) Upon request from the director, the department of agriculture shall assist the department in any review or update of the department’s pandemic influenza plan under section 5112.
Sec. 2453. (1) If a local health officer determines IN WRITING that control of an epidemic is necessary to protect the public health, the local health officer may issue an emergency order to prohibit the gathering of people for any purpose and may establish procedures to be followed by persons, including a local governmental entity, during the epidemic to insure continuation of essential public health services and enforcement of health laws. Emergency procedures shall not be limited to this code. THE AUTHORITY OF THE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER TO ISSUE, REVISE, REPLACE, AND ENFORCE AN EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO AN EPIDEMIC UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL CONTINUE FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO 28 DAYS AFTER THE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER’S WRITTEN DETERMINATION THAT CONTROL OF THAT EPIDEMIC IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH. AFTER THIS 28-DAY PERIOD, ANY EMERGENCY ORDER UNDER THIS SECTION RELATED TO THAT EPIDEMIC IS AUTOMATICALLY RESCINDED AND UNENFORCEABLE AND ANY NEW EMERGENCY ORDER UNDER THIS SECTION RELATED TO THAT EPIDEMIC SHALL NOT BE ISSUED UNLESS A REQUEST BY THE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO ISSUE, REVISE, REPLACE, AND ENFORCE AN EMERGENCY ORDER FOR A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF DAYS IS APPROVED BY RESOLUTION OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING ENTITY OF THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR, IN THE CASE OF A LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER FROM A DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE DISTRICT BOARD OF HEALTH.
(2) A local health department or the department may provide for the involuntary detention and treatment of individuals with hazardous communicable disease in the manner prescribed in sections 5201 to 5238.