Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be stripped of emergency powers she used during the coronavirus pandemic after a 76-year-old law was repealed on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the GOP-led State House followed the Senate’s lead by voting 60-48, largely depending on the party, to support an Unlock Michigan petition to eliminate the governor’s emergency powers of 1945.
Whitmer, a Democrat, is unable to veto after the state’s Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional. The repeal will not take effect until 91 days after the adjournment of the legislature at the end of the year.
The Washington Examiner has contacted the governor’s office for comment.
“Michigan House approved the Unlock Michigan Citizens’ Initiative to repeal the unconstitutional law of 1945, Governor Gretchen Whitmer held 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 MICHIGAN SENATE VOTE TO REPEAL THE GOVERNOR’S EMERGENCY LOCKING POWERS
The “measure protects the fundamental structure of representation in government and is a victory for democracy,” said State Representative Sue Allor.
“When Governor Whitmer decided to go it alone during the pandemic, his orders left people in difficulty in their wake,” added State Representative Ken Borton, who also supported the petition. “A solo approach was clearly wrong for our state. A governor must work with lawmakers to find real solutions that work for everyone, and Unlock Michigan will help protect the people by protecting the legislative process.”
Democrats slammed the repeal effort, with State Representative Mari Manoogian calling Unlock Michigan’s petition a “partisan political takeover aimed at undermining Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and his efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic “.
“This initiated law will cripple the ability of governors on both sides to act swiftly and decisively during public health emergencies, which will end up costing lives,” she said. continued, accusing the House of “reckless legislation”.
The Democratic House Whip accused his fellow lawmakers of “pretending[ing] the GOP-led legislature has been proactive in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. “
“We are actively enlightened by our GOP colleagues during this debate on Unlock Michigan,” said Matt Koleszar, State Representative. noted.
The Michigan Senate approved the petition in a 20-15 party vote last week after the Unlock Michigan petition gathered 34,000 signatures supporting the repeal of the Governor’s Emergency Powers Act, which has enabled Whitmer’s emergency actions.
The petition was certified in a June 11 unanimous decision of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Although supporters of Whitmer said the governor’s actions were necessary to save lives as COVID-19 spread statewide, critics who signed the petition argued his actions were a “dangerous threat for our means of subsistence and our constitutional freedoms “.
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Whitmer has imposed stringent restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, including restricting travel and implementing a statewide mask warrant.
Michigan has recorded more than one million cases of COVID-19 and 21,124 deaths statewide attributed to the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker.
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