7/16/21 - State Senators Approve Repeal Of Michigan Law Used To Order Emergency Pandemic Lockdowns

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State Senators repeal a law used by the Governor during the Pandemic.

((&10 NEWS) - On Thursday, Michigan Republican State Senators approved the repeal of a Michigan law that was used by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to order emergency lockdowns at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last March.

The State Senate’s vote of 20-15 comes just two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified Unlock Michigan’s petition to repeal the 1945 law Gov. Whitmer utilized to maintain a state of emergency and lock the state down past 28 days without input from the Legislature.

According to officials, because the repeal resulted from a petition drive, Gov. Whitmer would not be allowed to veto the repeal if the House also approves it.

Additionally, if the House approves the repeal, an emergency order in Michigan would only be valid for 28 days before it would need the Legislature’s approval to extend it.

The House is expected to approve the repeal, and a vote in the State House will be scheduled soon.


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