Gov. Whitmer vetoes bill that would have limited her power

by Peter Heck · Mar 25th, 2021 9:23 am
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Last Updated Mar 27th, 2021 at 11:12 am

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have limited her ability to enforce health orders without receiving approval from the legislature.

Whitmer, who has been under fire for enacting some of the most restrictive COVID lockdown policies in the country, rejected the bill that was designed to rein in some of the emergency powers she has been exercising.

Senate Bill 1 would have capped the length of any public health orders from a governor to just 28 days unless otherwise approved by both houses of the state legislature. In explaining her veto, the Democrat implied that her lockdown decisions have been necessary to slow the pandemic.

"Unfortunately, epidemics are not limited to 28 days," Whitmer wrote. "We should not so limit our ability to respond to them."

Whitmer's April 15th order relative to nursing homes has come under strict scrutiny in recent weeks. Similar to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's controversial decision, Whitmer told nursing homes they could "not prohibit admission or readmission of a resident based on COVID-19 testing requirements or results."


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