Lawmakers Authorize Lawsuit Challenging Whitmer’s Authority

Michigan lawmakers did not approve an extension of the State of Emergency for the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers instead authorized a lawsuit challenging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s authority. Whitmer has asked the legislature to approve a 28-day extension of the emergency declaration, which expired April 30th.

Legislators agreed  on a package of bills that would change how the state responds to the coronavirus pandemic. They also voted to approve the lawsuit against Whitmer. Members of the Republican-led House passed bills that would replace a series of orders issued by Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

House Speaker Lee Chatfield said republicans support decisive action to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but Whitmer’s “unchecked and undemocratic approach” is not the best way. “The current status quo relies on one-size-fits-all edicts that unfairly punish millions of people across the state without giving them any recourse or voice in the process,” Chatfield said. “The people deserve a better solution, and we can provide it.”

Whitmer has vowed to veto the legislation and promises to move forward on her own.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn