Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is being stripped of her powers.
Critics are celebrating the end of what they say has been a power trip by the governor, who has used her emergency powers to usher in a host of strict regulations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Petition sparks action
According to the Washington Examiner, an advocacy group attracted 34,000 signatures in support of repealing the state’s Emergency Powers of Governor Act, from which Whitmer had derived the authority for her widely unpopular restrictions.
In a decision last month, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the executive powers should be repealed. Subsequently, the state Senate and House approved the initiative, largely along party lines.
Now, the act is set to be repealed along with Whitmer’s emergency powers. Since the state’s highest court has already issued its ruling, the governor cannot veto the order.
The downside for those who hoped for a swift resolution is that the repeal will not go into effect until 91 days after the state legislature adjourns for the year.
While Whitmer has not issued a statement on the matter, a number of Michigan Democtrats have voiced their displeasure.
“Partisan political power grab”
For her part, state Rep. Mari Manoogian called the repeal a “partisan political power grab,” arguing that it “will cripple the ability of governors from both parties to act quickly and decisively during public health emergencies, which will ultimately cost lives.”
State Republicans, on the other hand, generally applauded the decision.
In a tweet, Michigan House Republicans declared: “The Michigan House approved the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative to repeal the unconstitutional 1945 state law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to hold unilateral power over the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your voices have been heard!”
Republican state Rep. Ken Borton, who supported the petition, asserted that Whitmer’s “solo approach was clearly wrong” for Michigan and insisted that a “governor must work with legislators to discover real solutions that work for everyone.”
The U.S. Department of Justice indicated this week that it does not intend to investigate Whitmer regarding her state policy that resulted in COVID-positive patients being sent back to their nursing home facilities. An ongoing in-state investigation is being pursued by Republicans, however, and it is expected to conclude later this year.