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LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said on Friday it would rule inapplicable a budget provision written by Republicans that seeks to ban indoor mask requirements for children.

The Democrat was expected to block the language as unconstitutional since $ 55 billion in spending was unveiled and swiftly passed by the Michigan legislature earlier this week. Spokesman Bobby Leddy confirmed next week’s decision in a statement, calling the proposed restriction “dangerous.”

“Gov. Whitmer has always said she will protect life-saving public health measures and oppose any attempt to undermine or restrict basic rescue actions throughout this pandemic, ”he said.

The provision, which is unrelated to spending, would prevent the state health director and local health workers from issuing or enforcing orders requiring children under the age of 18 to wear blankets. face.

More than a dozen counties, including most of the state’s most populous, are enforcing masking in schools to fight COVID-19. Various K-12 districts in other counties also require face coverings.

The governor and GOP lawmakers have negotiated other terms related to coronavirus vaccine exemptions and reporting requirements for epidemic orders.

Whitmer’s office has not explained why the mask provision is unconstitutional. By DAVID EGGERT

Associated press

LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said on Friday it would rule inapplicable a budget provision written by Republicans that seeks to ban indoor mask requirements for children.

The Democrat was expected to block the language as unconstitutional since $ 55 billion in spending was unveiled and swiftly passed by the Michigan legislature earlier this week. Spokesman Bobby Leddy confirmed next week’s decision in a statement, calling the proposed restriction “dangerous.”

“Gov. Whitmer has always said she will protect life-saving public health measures and oppose any attempt to undermine or restrict basic rescue actions throughout this pandemic, ”he said.

The provision, which is unrelated to spending, would prevent the state health director and local health workers from issuing or enforcing orders requiring children under the age of 18 to wear blankets. face.

More than a dozen counties, including most of the state’s most populous, are enforcing masking in schools to fight COVID-19. Various K-12 districts in other counties also require face coverings.

The governor and GOP lawmakers have negotiated other terms related to coronavirus vaccine exemptions and reporting requirements for epidemic orders.

Whitmer’s office has not explained why the mask provision is unconstitutional.

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