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Michigan governor extends state of emergency until May 28, legislature challenges her authority

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 1, 2020

Excerpted from news media

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed three new Executive Orders extending the state of emergency and state of disaster in Michigan until May 28 after the Republican-led legislature voted against those extensions. The previous state of emergency order was set to expire at midnight April 30.

Republican legislative leaders argue the legislature has the authority to extend the state of emergency, not the governor. Additionally, the legislature passed a measure authorizing a potential lawsuit to challenge the governor’s authority to use emergency powers.

Whitmer cited two emergency powers laws, from 1945 and 1976, in the Executive Orders giving her legal authority to extend the state of emergency. The orders also include clauses to terminate the states of emergency and disaster prior to May 28 if the threat of danger has passed.

The new state of emergency gives Whitmer the authority to continue issuing Executive Orders related to COVID-19, including the stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 15.

Click on the links below for the complete Executive Orders.

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