Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is set to be stripped of emergency powers she used during the coronavirus pandemic after a 76-year-old law was repealed Wednesday.
The GOP-led state House followed the Senate’s lead on Wednesday in voting 60-48, largely towing party lines, to support an Unlock Michigan petition seeking to eliminate the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. Whitmer, a Democrat, is unable to issue a veto after the state Supreme Court determined the law was unconstitutional. The repeal will not take effect until 91 days after the Legislature adjourns at the end of the year.
“The Michigan House approved the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative to repeal the unconstitutional 1945 state law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to hold unilateral power over the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your voices have been heard!” Michigan House Republicans tweeted following the vote. The “measure protects the fundamental structure of representation in government and is a win for democracy,” said state Rep. Sue Allor.
“When Gov. Whitmer decided to go it alone during the pandemic, her orders left struggling people in their wake,” added state Rep. Ken Borton, who also supported the petition. “A solo approach was clearly wrong for our state. A governor must work with legislators to discover real solutions that work for everyone, and Unlock Michigan will help protect the people by protecting the legislative process.”
The move angered Rep. Mari Manoogian who called Unlock Michigan’s petition a “partisan political power grab aimed at undermining Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.” “This initiated law will cripple the ability of governors from both parties to act quickly and decisively during public health emergencies, which will ultimately cost lives,” she continued, accusing the House of “reckless lawmaking.”
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