The system is used to send messages to Michigan residents’ mobile phones about endangered children and natural disasters.
But State Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland) says when the governor used it last summer to inform Michiganders about the state’s mask mandate, that was inappropriate.
"Whether you agree or disagree with a mask mandate, the concern for me and for many is the overuse of a system that’s designed to truly protect our people,” says Slagh.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s spokesman suggests legislators should focus instead on passing the governor’s $5 billion COVID-19 recovery plan.
Last week, the state Senate passed a much smaller $2 billion package.