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Whitmer to nix budget provision that tries to ban mask rules

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) will resume wearing a mask at indoor events. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) will resume wearing a mask at indoor events. |  Photo: MGN/Michigan Office of the Governor

DAVID EGGERT
Created: September 24, 2021 04:14 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office says she will declare unenforceable a Republican-written budget provision that seeks to ban indoor mask requirements for children.

The Democrat had been expected to block the language as unconstitutional since $55 billion in spending was passed by the Legislature this week.

Spokesman Bobby Leddy confirmed next week’s move Friday, calling the proposed restriction “dangerous.”

The provision, which isn't tied to spending, would prevent the state health director and local health officers from issuing or enforcing orders that require kids under age 18 to wear a mask.

Various counties mandate masking in schools to curb COVID-19.

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