2020 Senate Bill 748 / Public Act 257

Appropriate money for epidemic response measures

Introduced in the Senate

Jan. 22, 2020

Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R-36)

To provide a template or "place holder" for a potential supplemental multidepartment appropriation for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations

June 25, 2020

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the bill pass.

Passed in the Senate 22 to 15 (details)

To adopt a "placeholder" version of a 2021 state budget that contains no appropriations. This is a procedural step designed to facilitate eventual passage of a real budget based on amounts and conditions approved by the House and Senate.

Received in the House

July 21, 2020

Referred to the Committee on Appropriations

Oct. 14, 2020

Substitute offered by Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-91)

To replace the original "placeholder" language with an actual appropriation.

The substitute passed by voice vote

Passed in the House 101 to 0 (details)

To appropriate $5 million to cover the cost of implementing epidemic health protocols at state Unemployment and Secretary of State branch offices, including personal protection equipment, barriers, and social distancing measures.

Received in the Senate

Oct. 21, 2020

Dec. 18, 2020

Substitute offered by Sen. Jim Stamas (R-36)

To adopt a version of the bill that spends much more; see Senate-passed version for details.

The substitute passed by voice vote

Passed in the Senate 35 to 2 (details)

To appropriate $465.07 million for state epidemic responses. Of this $278.5 million would pay to extend the time a person can collect unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks from January 1, 2021 through April 1, 2021. Another $55 million would go in grants of up to $20,000 each to businesses that were closed by recent state lockdown orders, and $15,000 those that were partially closed; there would also be $45 million to give $1,650 to employees of these and of other severely impacted firms. The bill also gives $127.9 million to the Department of Health and Human Services for various programs, including wage enhancement for certain health and social workers, and $51.3 million to develop the state's vaccine administration strategy.

Received in the House

Dec. 21, 2020

Amendment offered by Rep. Alex Garza (D-12)

The amendment failed by voice vote

Passed in the House 97 to 5 (details)

Signed with line-item veto by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Dec. 29, 2020