July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
Lansing, Mich., July 15, 2021 – After the state board of canvassers voted to certify the petition signatures for the citizen driven “Unlock Michigan” effort early this week, the Michigan Senate voted to approve the initiative, which would repeal the controversial 1945 Emergency Power laws. Gongwer reports:
“The Unlock Michigan petition initiative is one step closer to repealing the 1945 emergency powers law Governor Gretchen Whitmer relied on during the pandemic after the Senate approved it today.
The vote was along strict party lines, 20-15, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats present voting no.
Under the petition, the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 – the law used by Ms. Whitmer to keep Michigan under a state of emergency last year during the height of the pandemic – would be repealed.”
The final step to ensure the full repeal of the emergency powers is for the State House to approve it with a simple majority. The repeal is veto proof, and would go into effect regardless of the Governor’s opposition.
“Governor Whitmer spent over a year making unilateral decisions to put Michiganders under some of the strictest shutdowns and restrictions in the nation. It is no surprise that hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents supported this effort to take back control over their lives from an overzealous Governor,” said Eric Ventimiglia, executive director for Michigan Rising Action. Ventimiglia continued, “We applaud the Senate Republicans for their commitment to the people of our state with this vote, and we urge the House to move quickly to strip Whitmer of these excessive powers”