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Michigan Supreme Court rules Governor Whitmer exceeded emergency powers

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Whitmer exceeded her authority to continue Michigan’s state of emergency. In a 4-3 decision, the court determined the 1945 Emergency Powers, which Whitmer argued allowed her to maintain unilateral control for an indefinite period, is unconstitutional.

“Since the beginning of this crisis, I have done everything in my power to protect our seniors, small businesses, and first responders from the worst public health emergency in over a century,” said Gov. Whitmer in response to the Court’s ruling.  “Thanks to the hard work of millions of Michiganders who sacrificed and did the right thing, we have saved thousands of lives and laid the foundation for a strong economic recovery. But COVID-19 still poses a clear and present danger to the people of Michigan, our economy, and our way of life.”

According to a statement from the Governor’s office, Whitmer’s orders will remain in effect for at least 21 days.  Thereafter, many public health and other rules will continue under alternative authorities.