LaSata opposes 70-day state of emergency extension

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata said on Thursday she is opposed to expanding and extending Michigan’s emergency declaration by 70 days and would vote against a concurrent resolution to do so.

“These are extraordinary times and they have called for extraordinary efforts to help protect the health and safety of the residents throughout our district, state and nation,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township.

“But the situation is drastically evolving. No one knows what the situation will be like in another 30 days, let alone 70. While I agree that an emergency still exists today and that an extension may be necessary, 70 days is too long to extend the state of emergency and shelter in place order. In the face of this crisis, we must strike a balance of action to preserve life and health.

“If we are going to get through this pandemic, we must do so together, and I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the governor’s administration on pursuing a more reasonable emergency declaration extension.”

On March 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-4, which declared a state of emergency in Michigan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-33, an expanded declaration of emergency and disaster across the state, and she requested a concurrent resolution extending the state of emergency and disaster declared in EO 2020-33 to June 10.