On Thursday Michigan’s senate approved a petition that repeals Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers, with another approval expected by the state’s lower chamber.
With a Republican majority, Michigan senators voted along party lines, 20-15 backing the petition to repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945. The petition was brought by the group Unlock Michigan who collected over 340,000 signatures from people critical of Whitmer’s use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic and desperate to check some of her unbridled power.
According to Michigan law, if a petition gets enough signatures and receives certification from the Board of State Canvassers, the state legislature can vote to support the content of the petition or put it to the voters as a ballot question. If the House votes the same as the Senate, then the law would be repealed without Whitmer having an opportunity to veto the measure.
With the Michigan House in Republican control with