Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends state of emergency another month amid protests

by Jordyn Pair · May 1st, 2020 9:48 am

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's state of emergency and disaster declaration through May 28, just hours before it was set to expire, as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the state Capitol building in Lansing.

Whitmer took a swipe at Republican legislators, who refused to extend the order earlier in the day.

"By refusing to extend the emergency and disaster declaration, Republican lawmakers are putting their heads in the sand and putting more lives and livelihoods at risk," she said in a statement. "I'm not going to let that happen."

The current stay-at-home order for Michigan expires on May 16. The emergency declaration gives Whitmer additional powers to issue executive orders during a statewide emergency.

The Michigan legislature has been fighting back against Whitmer's extended emergency order, on Thursday adopting resolutions to legally challenge her authority. It also approved a bill to allow some of her social-distancing mandates but not her stay-at-home order.

Whitmer's orders have been met with criticism from Michigan residents, as well. Hundreds of protesters, some of them carrying guns, met at the state Capitol building in Lansing to call for a return to normal life and accuse Whitmer of overstepping her authority.

"COVID-19 is an enemy that has taken the lives of more Michiganders than we lost during the Vietnam War," Whitmer said in a statement. "While some members of the legislature might believe this crisis is over, common sense and all of the scientific data tells us we're not out of the woods yet."


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