Michigan Republicans and "Unlock Michigan" Poised to Repeal Governor Emergency Powers
Michigan Republican senators used a relatively obscure procedural tactic Thursday to repeal an emergency powers law in a manner that prevents Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from issuing a veto.
The Senate voted 20-15 along party lines in favor of a petition, pushed by a group called Unlock Michigan and other critics of the governor, that would repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945.
Michigan is the only state in the nation with a constitutional provision allowing the Legislature to adopt initiated legislation without the governor's signature or a statewide vote. Unlock Michigan collected more than 460,000 valid signatures to advance the initiative, and lawmakers could adopt it this month.
By law, Whitmer would be unable to veto the measure.
The Unlock Michigan initiative does not impact another, more recent state of emergency law on the books that allows the governor to declare a state of emergency for 28 days, after which the governor must seek legislative approval for a state of emergency to continue.
Senators voted 20-15 to approve the measure, although Senate Democrats blocked it from taking immediate effect. It now moves to the House for final consideration if both chambers vote to approve the measure, the proposal becomes law without needing the governor's signature.
The state Senate's 20-15 vote along partisan lines came two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified Unlock Michigan's petition drive to repeal the 1945 law Whitmer used to maintain a state of emergency and lockdown past 28 days without the Legislature's input. The petition received about 460,000 valid signatures, which was far more than the approximately 340,000 that were needed.
Because it resulted from a petition drive, Whitmer would not be allowed to veto the repeal if the Republican-led House also approves it, as it's expected to do. The repeal is a priority in the state House and a vote will be scheduled soon, House GOP Spokesman Gideon D'Assandro told The Associated Press.
Throughout the pandemic, many Republican elected officials called Whitmer a dictator for her actions, including former President Donald Trump. In October, six people were charged in federal court over an alleged plot to kidnap her due to outrage over her pandemic policies.
The Michigan Supreme Court in October declared the law Whitmer cited unconstitutional. After that decision, Whitmer used the state's health department to create rules for the pandemic.
It's taking cancel culture to new extremes.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has even outlined specific steps she says the government wants Facebook to take.
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