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House adopts bill to rein in Gov. Whitmer's emergency power

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The Legislature is in session Thursday to vote on measures to restrain the governor’s emergency authority. The House has adopted a bill to reduce the number of days that can go by before Governor Gretchen Whitmer must request an extension of an emergency declaration. Her existing one expires later Thursday.

Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) says the Democratic governor has failed to balance economic concerns against the health threat.

“The lives of Michigan residents and ensuring that people can put food on the table and our constitution are all still as essential today as they were before COVID-19 ever came into our state and this country.”

The House has also adopted a resolution to allow Republican leaders to pursue legal actions against the governor. The Senate could vote on it later today.

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