Michigan Republicans sue Gov. Whitmer over state-of-emergency extension

by Daniel Payne · May 6th, 2020 3:52 pm

Republicans in the Michigan state legislature have brought a lawsuit against state Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, claiming her extension of the state of emergency constitutes an abuse of the powers of her office.

Michigan law stipulates that a governor may declare a state of emergency for up to 28 days, after which

"the governor shall issue an executive order or proclamation declaring the state of disaster terminated, unless a request by the governor for an extension of the state of disaster for a specific number of days is approved by resolution of both houses of the legislature."

Whitmer seemingly ignored that law, extending the order without the approval of the full legislature and blaming Republican lawmakers for "putting more lives and livelihoods at risk."

State Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, a Republican, claimed Whitmer's "one-size-fits-all actions...simply haven't been good enough" for Michigan.


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