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Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945

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A law Governor Gretchen Whitmer used to issue emergency orders during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic was repealed Wednesday by a vote by the state House of Representatives.

Republicans were frustrated by Whitmer’s continued use of unilateral COVID orders.

Representative Andrew Fink (R-Hillsdale) said Whitmer used those powers in defiance of the wishes of the Legislature.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the Board of State Canvassers to certify a petition that would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.

That's the act Governor Gretchen Whitmer relied on to declare an extended state of emergency during the pandemic.

Fred Wszolek is a spokesman for Unlock Michigan, the group that gathered the petition signatures.

He said the court rightly told the Board of State Canvassers it didn't have the authority to investigate the manner in which a petition drive is conducted.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has issued an opinion on months of orders by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that were aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

The court says Whitmer illegally drew authority from a 1945 law that doesn't apply. The court determined that the law was an "unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution."

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Michigan’s Attorney General is launching an investigation into the petition campaign pushing to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her emergency powers.

The Unlock Michigan campaign has collected more than 500,000 signatures on a petition to repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which is the state law the governor has used to justify her executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Expect to see people collecting signatures soon on a petition to repeal the Michigan law that's given Governor Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of State Canvassers approved language for the petition Monday.