State Representative Luke Meerman

State Representative Luke Meerman

07/12/2020

I have been asked on numerous occasions when the blatant government overreach will come to an end and what is the legislature doing to restore the balance of power in our state government.

First and foremost, I want to convey that I am opposed to the governor’s executive order that is requiring individuals to wear masks. Aside from this governmental overstepping into a private business, this is a huge infringement on our individual liberty.

In mid June I offered a resolution that was passed by the House and adopted in the Senate, demanding the governor share the information she is using to implement her executive orders. We have still not been granted access to this information by the administration.

We have seen a decline in hospitalization rates for the past six weeks and the administration is now requiring individuals to wear masks in public. Rather than moving our state forward and working along side the legislature, it appears the governor is more focused on punishing individuals who don’t obey her. While the governor has attempted to portray herself as someone who is willing to work with the legislature for the betterment of our state; she has continued to close the door on all conversation from the legislature. Her recent actions have proven her perspective is, “my way, or the highway” and that is not fair to the people of Michigan.

The legislature is actively working to put an end to the governor’s draconian executive orders. Unfortunately the longterm fix is done through the judicial branch which is very time consuming. My commitment to you is that I will not stop working to take every path I see that might have a chance to effect change. We are working on many fronts and will keep looking for more. Our beautiful grand Republic is at stake. We have been given so much and it is up to us to hold on to it.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Franklin was queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation. In the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention, a lady asked Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy.” Franklin replied, “A republic . . . if you can keep it.”

I’ve been asked by many residents of Allendale what my position is on the removal of statues in the Garden of Honor. Whi...
07/07/2020

I’ve been asked by many residents of Allendale what my position is on the removal of statues in the Garden of Honor. While this is a local issue where the decision is made at a township level, I support the board’s decision to leave the statue in place. I agree with Supervisor Elenbaas when he states, “This represents President Lincoln’s proclamation to free the slaves, something we should continue to celebrate today. This statue does not glorify the confederacy. It is a record of a pivotal time in our nation’s history”.

07/04/2020
06/23/2020
Rep. Meerman Floor Speech HCR 24

Last week the House passed my resolution, HCR 24 that demands the governor provide the science and data she has been using for making executive orders throughout the COVID-19 crisis. It is imperative for the legislature to have access to the same data, as we are the representative's elected by the people therefore, a voice for the people. I hope you will listen to the floor speech I gave in support of HCR 24.

State Representative Luke Meerman's cover photo
06/16/2020

State Representative Luke Meerman's cover photo

In the comments of this post is an article in the Detroit News regarding the letter I have submitted to the governor req...
06/16/2020

In the comments of this post is an article in the Detroit News regarding the letter I have submitted to the governor requesting a change in leadership for the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The letter is included in this post.

06/04/2020

SOCIALLY DISTANCED OFFICE HOUR

Tomorrow at 10:00am, I will be in Hager Park with Senator Roger Victory for office hours. I am excited to be scheduling in-district office hours again and am looking forward to seeing you in the morning!

We will be meeting in the parking lot on your left-hand side when entering Hager Park from 28th Ave.

Hager Park
Friday, June 5th | 10:00am
8212 28th Ave, Georgetown Twp, MI 49428

A very well written letter submitted to President Trump signed by 600 doctors. I hope Governor Whitmer reads it and star...
05/22/2020
A Doctor a Day Letter - Signed

A very well written letter submitted to President Trump signed by 600 doctors. I hope Governor Whitmer reads it and starts listening to the medical community. #openmichigan

A letter signed by hundreds of doctors warning of adverse health consequences stemming from the coronavirus shutdowns.

We must work together during this time of crisis.Sharing this valuable information with the Legislature is a must. As st...
05/20/2020
Rep. Meerman unveils plan to urge governor to be more transparent when making COVID-19 decisions

We must work together during this time of crisis.

Sharing this valuable information with the Legislature is a must. As state legislators, we are honored with the duty to represent the voices of Michiganders throughout the state – and it is only right that we are given complete transparency during this pandemic.

State Rep. Luke Meerman today unveiled legislation that will urge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to share data used for making decisions related to coronavirus with the Legislature.

05/16/2020
05/15/2020
I was proud to sign a letter with many other state legislators from across the country requesting NO federal bailout. A ...
05/15/2020
State Leaders Say “No Thanks” to Federal Bailout

I was proud to sign a letter with many other state legislators from across the country requesting NO federal bailout. A bailout would be harmful to our state and it is imperative for us to make the tough decisions and balance our state budget after this crisis.

To: The Federal Government and Leaders in Washington DC From: American Legislative Exchange Council and Partners 2900 Crystal Drive, 6th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202   The undersigned organizations, policy leaders and elected officials believe the idea of the federal government …

05/08/2020

My office has heard from nearly 1,000 constituents who have been trying to reach the UIA; all to no avail. Anyone having issues with filing for unemployment please contact my office at [email protected] or (517) 373-1830. We are working hard advocating on behalf of those who are having trouble getting through the unemployment system.

05/08/2020
05/07/2020
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students!
05/05/2020

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students!

Yesterday I submitted a letter to Governor Whitmer, signed by myself and nearly 30 other representatives, urging our gov...
04/30/2020

Yesterday I submitted a letter to Governor Whitmer, signed by myself and nearly 30 other representatives, urging our governor to loosen restrictions on health occupations. We are facing a health care crisis because of the path we are on. Individuals can't get the health care they need and some of our health care institutions are facing the real possibility that they won't be able to open again and serve their community. We must allow these healthcare providers to determine what is best for the public health and the survival of their industry. I have attached a copy of this letter for you to see.

I am looking for real life stories from you, please share with me what you are seeing at [email protected]

04/22/2020

I have been hearing from constituents all across my district who are having issues with filing for unemployment. It is obvious Governor Whitmer has remained focused on putting people on unemployment without preparing her department to help these individuals. My office has been working on helping people get in touch with the department, if you need any help please email my office at [email protected]

I am disappointed in Governor Whitmer for slandering those who participated in the protest of her executive order. I fin...
04/21/2020
Police, health officials rebut Whitmer's claims about ambulance protest problems

I am disappointed in Governor Whitmer for slandering those who participated in the protest of her executive order. I find it very disheartening to see the governor blatantly misleading the people of Michigan.

Police, hospital and ambulance officials rebut Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's claim protesters last week blocked ambulances from reaching Sparrow Hospital

This is how Dean Veltman, owner and operator of Veltman Painting, LLC will work safe. #WorkSafeBeSafe Let’s get Michigan...
04/14/2020

This is how Dean Veltman, owner and operator of Veltman Painting, LLC will work safe. #WorkSafeBeSafe

Let’s get Michigan families back to Work Safely

As part of the Restart plan I am working on I have had many conversations with individuals and business owners. From these conversations I am getting from them how they would reopen safely. I know many of them should be able to get back to work right now while still taking the necessary precautions to protect workers and customers from COVID-19. If you have a story you would like to share with suggestions on how people can get back to work, please email them to me at [email protected].

Below is a plan submitted to me by Dean Veltman, owner and operator of Veltman Painting, LLC:

I own a smaller residential painting company with 5 employees from September-April and 12-15 employees form May - August. We offer both interior and exterior painting, but my focus for the purposes of this letter is about moving forward with the exterior portion of our season which is critical to the success of our business each year.

First, I believe a case could be made that exterior painting should be considered essential construction since it protects buildings and exterior surfaces from becoming damaged from exposure to the elements. Exterior painting needs to be done on a regular basis to maintain homes to prevent more costly repairs in the future. Furthermore, the exterior painting season in Michigan is very limited. If we lose any additional time during the season, we cannot make it up later in the year. Our work is already fully booked for this year and you can never count on good conditions for exterior work after September. The warm, dry weather becomes too inconsistent in the fall to count on to make up for lost time.

Before the shut down order was given, we had already began selecting jobs that allowed from proper social distancing and postponing ones that did not allow for it on interior jobs. We have given a lot of thought to what it will look like during exterior season as well.

For exterior season, our current plan would look like this:

1. Follow protocols the evaluate employees health for signs of Covid-19 and require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the illness until they are cleared for work. These decisions would be based on CDC guidelines or whatever health guidelines the State of Michigan would like companies to follow. If they have had known contact with a person who has Covid-19, they would need to follow the 2 week quarantine protocol.

2. Instead of sharing tools as needed, every employee would take home their own brushes and hand tools instead of placing them in a common work van or trailer. This would help ensure there is no cross contamination.

3. Hand sanitizer would be onsite. We already have purchased some hand sanitizer and the components to make our own due to limited supply.

4. Any equipment that would need to be shared would be wiped down with disinfectant to eliminate cross contamination.

5. When we need to paint surfaces like front doors, door hardware would be disinfected prior to painting the door and when we are done painting the door.

6. Employees would be spaced out more on jobs to ensure that a social distancing of greater than 6’ is obtained on the job site.

7. Social distancing would be maintained during break times as well.

8. Exterior painting does not require close proximity to our customers. While we can minimize this during interior work as well, it is much easier to avoid close contact with clients during exterior work. There is also a much, much lower chance of cross contamination by clients and employees touching the same surfaces.

9. We would also have gloves and masks on the job site as well. We donated the only unopened box of N95 masks we had to the hospitals but hopefully we can resupply soon. Otherwise, we will use improvised masks if social distancing cannot be maintained.

10. We would be actively looking for areas to improve and alter work flows as needed to maintain social distancing as well. At this point, everyone is aware of the risks we would work as a team to keep our clients and co-workers safe.

04/13/2020

#WorkSafeBeSafe Let’s get Michigan families back to Work Safely

As part of the Restart plan I am working on I have had many conversations with individuals and business owners. From these conversations I am getting from them how they would reopen safely. I know many of them should be able to get back to work right now while still taking the necessary precautions to protect workers and customers from COVID-19. If you have a story you would like to share with suggestions on how people can get back to work, please email them to me at [email protected].

Below is an example provided to me from the Hahn Dental Group and Applewood Dental:

As dental care providers we ask you to consider opening up dental healthcare operations to be an essential business. Currently, only emergency dental care is considered essential. This poses an ethical dilemma for dentists where they are limited in caring for patients and are unable to provide best practices and standard of care.

Dental care is essential for health. People who are prone to periodontal disease REQUIRE regular dental hygiene visits. High risk oral cancer patients require regular checks. People that have been waiting for their fillings, crowns, root canals and extractions should not have to be put off for even longer or be put on long term antibiotics. Not allowing preventative and early care will ultimately
create more emergencies which otherwise could have been prevented which will mean more invasive and more expensive procedures. Waiting for dental care is a detriment to patients, their health, and the public. Oral healthcare is essential.

On top of public health concerns are the business model concerns. Most dental offices have had to close all together because our businesses are not sustainable to be open for an occasional emergency. That means NO EMERGENCY CARE. Emergency Rooms are not equipped nor appropriately trained to provide emergency dental care nor do they want to be burdened with such emergencies during this COVID-19 crisis. The state is already severely limited in being able to provide emergency dental care due to dental offices being closed, 70+ more days could be disastrous.

We do believe that certain elective dental procedures can be postponed during this pandemic, such as those that are exclusively cosmetic and that lack any disease or functional process. Delaying routine preventative care for an extended period of time however, will not only cause increased oral disease, but will contribute to systemic disease as well.

Can dentistry be provided safety during this COVID-19 health crisis? There are few professions and environments equipped for sterilization and sanitization as dentistry. Dental providers and staff take protective measures before, during, and after each patient. Standard dental office practices always include prioritizing a sanitary environment. During this time of heightened concern however, there
are several extra steps that can be taken that will further lower the risk to dental providers and patients:

1.) PreScreen: screening patients prior to their appointments. Just as healthcare facilities are doing. Screening questions such as;

Are you sick?
Have you had a fever, cough, cold symptoms in the last week?
Have you had any potential exposures or have you recovered from Covid-19?
Have you traveled to a COVID-19 Hotspot in the last month?

2.) Maintain Social Distancing; limit the number of people in the waiting room to just the person requiring care.

3.) Patient PPE & Sanitation: provide hand sanitizer, gloves, and mask for patients when they enter the facility.

4.) Protect Employees. Dental and healthcare employees who are at highest risk of exposure should wear N95/99 masks, eye protection, and disposable gowns for each patient.

5.) Maintain current sanitation practices: dental offices already sanitize their treatment rooms between patients as standard protocols. These should be maintained.

6.) Implement new sanitation practices: Non-treatment areas should be sanitized on a more frequent basis throughout the day.

With these precautions in place, people can safely receive emergency and preventative dental care. The oral health of Michigan residents does not need to be compromised during this time of public health crisis.

04/12/2020
Today Governor Whitmer extended her "stay at home" order through April 30th. Here is an op-ed I have written in oppositi...
04/09/2020
State Rep. Meerman's take on Governor Whitmer's ‘stay-at-home’ order expansion

Today Governor Whitmer extended her "stay at home" order through April 30th. Here is an op-ed I have written in opposition to this decision. Unfortunately, after hearing the governor’s decision to place more restrictions on businesses and declare a ‘stay at home order’ until April 30th, it appears she has no plans to get Michigan back to work. She’s not listening to business owners and the working people of Michigan who want to go back to work. The overreach by our governor needs to stop!

Column by State Rep. Luke Meerman First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has voiced their concerns regarding the extension of the emergency declaration. The vote I took to expand the declaration until the end of April was to give the Legislature some authority as we continue to move throug...

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More information below about a Michigan bill that will allow employers to microchip you!! Are you ok with being tracked by your employer??? I copied and pasted below from Michigan Attorney Katherine Henry. From what I can see, State Representatives are NOT very happy with the video I put out yesterday on HB 5672 - at least the 104 of them who voted in favor of allowing courts to mandate employees be microchipped AND severely limiting an employee’s ability to recover damages from an employer who forces them to be microchipped as a condition of employment. Those 104 State Reps voted against our personal freedom guaranteed in the Constitution, instead furthering both government and private sector invasion of our bodies and of our privacy in general. Some, like State Rep Michele Hoitenga, even call themselves things like a “foot soldier for the constitution.” Yesterday, when asked why she voted YES on HB 5672 and employer microchipping of employees, specifically with section 3, subsection 3 where it allows a court to order microchipping of employees, State Rep Michele Hoitenga replied “people are misinterpreting it. We have asked our legal council to address the video the woman has put out. I’ll post about it tomorrow.” But, by this morning, she posted “The bill does currently include provisions that allow an employer to fire someone that is in direct violation of a court order related to microchip implantation. This bill is now in the Senate, and if people are concerned about a section of the bill, it can be changed. It also comes back to us for a second vote and we can make changes. Bottom line is no one is being forced to be microchipped but if certain language has people concerned, I support changing that.” Why would a self-proclaimed “foot soldier of the constitution” wait for others to be concerned about the parts of the bill that 1) allow an employer to fire you for not getting a microchip implanted if there is a court order directing people to be microchipped and 2) severely limit the amount an employee can recover from an employer who illegally requires them to implant a microchip??? Then State Rep Bronna Kahle admits that the “bill was written very similarly to Indiana’s law, which includes the part about the courts [having the ability to order employees to be microchipped]. As the bill moves to the Senate and goes through the deliberative legislative process, we’re working to make sure the court option is completely removed and we’re also looking at increasing penalties to make it an even better bill to protect workers from ever being forced to be chipped.” However, when she was pointed to my video, she then said “Very concerning that she [Katherine] is saying this. As I mentioned in my comment, the court section is being stripped - which is part of the deliberative legislative process.” She’s concerned that I am telling people what’s actually in the bill and who voted in favor of such a horrible invasion of our personal liberties… One would think she would be more concerned about the fact the bill, as approved by the House, at least impliedly allows courts to mandate employees be microchipped AND severely limits an employee’s ability to recover damages from an employer who forces them to be microchipped as a condition of employment! Typical politicians - more concerned about their public image than with doing the right thing! State Rep Matt Hall also commented that “We are on the same side here. The legislation is intended to stop employers from being able to microchip. They used a model act that Indiana adopted. I did not see this stuff when I was reviewing the bill. I talked to the bill sponsor she is going to make sure it is fixed in the senate to meet the bill’s intent.” I truly appreciate that he admitted he did not see what was actually in the bill when he voted in favor of it, but I am concerned that so many State Reps can vote for such a horrible bill under the same circumstances. As I told several of these State Reps today, if they removed subsection 3 of section 3, and added punitive and statutory damages to what an employee may recover in section 4, it would be a good bill. But as it is currently written, it is just awful for freedom. There's NO good reason for voting YES on it when it's current language specifically allows for courts to order people to comply with microchipping AND to make it a huge burden of proof for an employee to be able to recover any damages from their employers for doing this...That does NOT protect employees at all - it severely limits their ability to recover an appropriate amount for an employer requiring them to implant something into their bodies!!! You need to make sure the bill is good BEFORE you vote YES on it. And despite their claims that voting YES on a terrible bill BEFORE it is fixed “is part of the deliberative legislative process,” it should NEVER be part of the “process” to vote YES on a bill without reading the ENTIRE thing, without understanding the entire thing, or based upon promises of what the bill is seeking to accomplish. Why do these legislators keep turning to the very people who write these terrible bills for advice on how to fix them? If those individuals didn’t know the language would be that bad, they certainly shouldn’t be paid for drafting bills for our legislators in the first place. See the images here, where I wrote in red the changes they could easily make to turn this bill into something that would actually help employees. Make sure to keep telling your State Reps and State Senators that you oppose the bill’s court order exception and that they must add punitive and statutory damages to the remedies available to employees! Katherine Henry, Attorney at Law Freedom Fighter and Defender of the Constitution I will do a Facebook live video about this in just a few minutes.
Luke, house bill HB5672 (micro-chip implant) is terribly written. You should never have voted yes on this bill. Stop this bill or remove sections 3 & 4. You are better than this one. thank you
Mr. Meerman signed House Resolution 0267 which states that the federal government “not enact a bail out for states”…”it should not be incumbent on the federal government and American taxpayers to bail out states for their fiscal irresponsibility.” I have several questions regarding this resolution. Who determines which states have been “irresponsible”? The president who has threatened to withhold federal monies from Michigan? Mitch McConnell whose home state of Kentucky ranks fifth in most federally dependent states? The five most federally dependent states are New Mexico, Mississippi, W. Virginia, Montana, and Kentucky. Michigan ranks 26th in dependence on federal funds as percentage of state budget. “Blue” states are less dependent on Feds than “Red” states overall. Is Representative Meerman calling for no additional COVID relief funding, or relief only for states he approves? Which Americans would Representative Meerman be prepared to sacrifice? I wonder what role Mr. Meerman feels the Federal government should play in a global pandemic. It seems obvious to me that this pandemic makes the argument for Federal response and coordination. We are talking about money for PPE, expanding hospital resources, testing and contact tracing. We are not talking about “bail outs”. Supporting the divisive policies of the current administration during a public health crisis seems antithetical to the values Mr. Meerman has espoused in the past. I would prefer that my representative spend his time working to secure as MUCH federal funding as possible for my state and my district, rather than writing blatantly political statements with no real effect. Republican State Senator Wayne Schmidt has indicated Michigan’s public schools should prepare for a 25% funding cut for fall due to corona virus effects. How can our schools absorb a 25% cut and at the same time reduce class sizes to reflect social distancing protocols? How will we manage health of students and staff in a pandemic when very few districts have school nurses now? If Mr. Meerman wants to open the economy, what is he prepared to do to see to it that we are safe in doing so? Kim Nagy, Jenison
Luke, appreciate the info and need more about what you and the legislature are doing to help Ottawa county businesses and constituents. Our businesses are being devastated and we are desperate! Are you sharing info on any other mediums? We need to rise up and support opening businesses now.
Representative Meerman, I’d value your insight on this. Thank you! From our former State Rep Dave Agema FB page dated Saturday- “What the legislature in Michigan did Thursday was exemplary in closing the Governor’s ability to quarantine. What they failed to do is make it plain to the public that the shut down is over in simple language so people can understand what just happened. As a result, the media still parrots the governors shutdown until May 28, which was not given by the legislature. This is a gross error by the legislature allowing the public to believe that the governor still has the authority to declare her mandates outside of the legislature’s approval. People must realize after 28 days of shutdown, she must get the approval of both the House and the Senate by resolution to continue her shutdown. She did not receive it. She now operates under a dictatorship outside of the law and the media goes along. People and businesses and police are confused and need clarification ASAP. Presently fear rules the day without such clarification". -Former Michigan State Rep. Dave Agema.
Thank you! It was a big week and a big day. Thank you for standing for the people of Michigan and for what is right. We are so grateful.
Rep Meerman - Please vote no on the Governor's request to extend the state of emergency for another 28 days!
Luke Meerman we need you as our Representative to stand up and DO NOT allow this to go past the 30th. End her power now. Small businesses are taking the brunt of all this and NEED you to fight for us. STAND AND FIGHT!!!! PLEASE!!!