LaSata votes to approve Unlock Michigan petition

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved the Unlock Michigan citizen-led petition to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.

The vote came two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified the petition’s signatures.

“This is a great day for the people of Michigan,” said Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Coloma. “Residents had their lives interrupted and their businesses closed by a governor who kept them in the dark during the pandemic. Our founders created equal branches of government to avoid this type of unilateral decision making, and our vote today goes a long way to restore that principle and ensure no future governor is able to usurp this type of unlimited power.”

Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s subsequent emergency orders issued after the initial 28-day order were unconstitutional.

Prior to the court ruling, Whitmer vetoed Senate legislation that would have limited a governor’s emergency powers without legislative approval.

The Unlock Michigan petition now goes to the House of Representatives for approval.

The governor has no authority to veto or otherwise block the petition if approved by both chambers of the Legislature.

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