Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer was hit with a crushing blow on Friday when the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation that could overturn an emergency law she used to issue her infamously strict COVID-19 orders.
“Senate Bill 857, sponsored by Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act,” reported MLive.com.
This is one of two state laws that were used by Whitmer to issue incredibly strict coronavirus restrictions that included requiring masks in public spaces, limiting crowd sizes, and closing various establishments. The legislation that was passed opted not to extend the initial state of emergency declaration on April 30.
This comes two months after Whitmer’s use of the act was ruled to be unconstitutional during a split Michigan Supreme Court decision in which Republicans and many others challenged her orders in state and federal court.
“That’s left it up to the legislature to codify many of the COVID-19 executive orders invalidated by the ruling, although the state’s Department of Health and Human Services has mirrored several of Whitmer’s response measures in subsequent public health emergency orders,” the MLive report added.
Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) explained that the 1945 law gives the executive branch way too much power.
“I don’t care who the governor is — I think it’s improper levels of power,” he said. “This is not what ought to be in our state laws. This is handing over the keys.”
Earlier this month, on December 7, Whitmer announced that she was extending a three-week coronavirus lockdown by 12 days.
“Hope is on the horizon, but we need an additional 12 days to determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus,” she said at the time. “This is all about protecting our families and frontline workers until we eradicate this virus once and for all.”
Whitmer has become infamous for pushing some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in the country on her state, destroying tons of businesses and lives in the process.