Whitmer Inks Pupil-Athlete Revenue Invoice; Sinks MDHHS Order Restrict

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s pen was busy again yesterday. After approving more than 80 bills on Tuesday, the governor signed another bill yesterday.

Specifically, it approved laws that allow college students to use their own names, pictures, likenesses, and reputations as financial compensation. A student cannot enter into a clothing contract that contradicts his school’s clothing contracts. All contracts must be communicated to the school before they are signed. Students are also allowed to enter into contracts with representatives at the school. This won’t happen immediately – the bills will take effect in two years from today.

Most of the others were limited in scope. A pair of bills allows officials to suspend child support payments if the payer is sentenced to more than 180 days in prison and no other means are available to pay.

Whitmer also issued some vetoes.

As expected, she shot down a bill that would have changed the state’s Health Act to require legal approval for orders that are longer than 28 days. The bill was pushed forward by the Republican legislature in response to ongoing epidemic orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

A set of bills would have added Michigan to the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact and the Nurse Licensure Compact. Whitmer said the move is illegal under the state constitution and would require the state “to cede its sovereign interest in regulating health care professionals to an outside agency.”

Whitmer crossed his fingers crossed on a bill sponsored by Iron Mountain Republican agent Beau LaFave that would have allowed self-service pump fuel to be sold without the need for local gas station staff. She raised security concerns.

She also vetoed the Misrepresentation of Emotional Support Animals Act. The bills would have enabled landlords to verify that a pet was a legitimate medically necessary support animal and would have qualified for an exemption from a no pets policy. In her veto letter, Whitmer admitted that a solution to the problem was needed, but said the bills gave landlords too much access to detailed medical information about potential tenants.

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