For months, petitioners have been trying to take away Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers.
The highest court in Michigan has intervened on this issue – twice, in favor of the petitioners.
Whitmer has been one of the most authoritarian governors throughout the pandemic. Now she is finally going to lose her emergency powers.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Michigan governor to be stripped of emergency powers used for COVID-19 rules
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be stripped of emergency powers she used during the coronavirus pandemic after a 76-year-old law was repealed Wednesday.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 along 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 Washington Examiner reached out to the governor’s office for comment.
“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 people of Michigan should be overjoyed about this.
Michigan’s Republican senators, who hold a majority in the state Senate, used a procedural method this week to support the repeal of a decades-old emergency powers law with a petition that cannot be vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. https://t.co/iJfVnJxVRD
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 16, 2021
It’s amazing what the people of Michigan have had to put up with on this governor’s watch.
It’s also very telling that she did not voluntarily give up her extra powers. They had to be taken from her.