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Legislature Removes Governor’s Emergency Powers

Jul 23, 2021

The House voted to approve a citizen’s initiative repealing gubernatorial powers during a state of emergency. The group behind repealing the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act collected enough valid signatures of Michigan voters to send the initiative to the legislature for consideration. Last week, the Senate voted along party lines to approve, sending it to the House. Now that both chambers have approved, the act will be officially repealed 91 days after the legislature adjourns sine die at the end of the year.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer utilized the powers under the act during the beginning of the pandemic, until the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional last fall.  Since the ruling, emergency powers have been left to various state departments to issue and implement.

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