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Legislative Update – November 10, 2021

Redistricting Commission Submits Proposed Maps for Public Comment

The redistricting commission decided this week after much legal discussion that there will no longer be one proposed map each for the House, Senate and Congress during the 45-day public comment period.

Due to the commission’s widely questioned decision, each commissioner is now able to submit their own maps for consideration with no vote by the commission. There will now be five congressional maps, six senate maps and four house maps available for comment.

The MICRC next meets on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the University of Michigan.

Make sure your voice is heard by offering public comment here.

 

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Halted by Federal Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit last week halted the Department of Labor’s Emergency Temporary Standard pending further review, writing that “the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.”

Republican attorneys general in at least 26 states have challenged the rule in five different federal courts.

It is unclear which court will make the final decision. The cases will be consolidated and a lottery to decide which court will rule is expected around Nov. 16.

President Biden responded by asking the courts to lift the pause, claiming it could cost dozens or hundreds of lives per day.