For Immediate Release
Dec. 17, 2020
House joins together to keep residents’ water flowing during COVID-19 pandemic
Bipartisan, nearly unanimous passage of Senate Bill 241 will establish a moratorium on water shutoffs during the health crisis
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Michigan House’s passage tonight of Senate Bill 241, by a vote of 96-9, to establish a moratorium on water shutoffs during the COVID-19 health crisis. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Despite the varied hometowns, backgrounds, personalities and platforms, all lawmakers are drawn to Lansing by a desire to serve–their constituents, their communities and the state as a whole. And there is no greater need or opportunity for compassionate leadership and good governance than the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Water is so essential to our everyday life, and no resident or family should have to worry about losing their water on top of everything else they’re juggling right now. Today, with the House’s passage of a water shutoff moratorium, lawmakers have risen to the occasion and met this crisis head on with compassion and dedication, acting to protect their constituents as well as their fellow Michiganders everywhere from life-threatening water shutoffs. While this time in our state and our Legislature’s history is unparalleled in its difficulties, it is equally unparalleled in its opportunities for our leaders. When current lawmakers, especially those in their final days in office, talk about this time with their kids and grandkids, this bill will be a big part of their legacy.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.
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