The Michigan Supreme Court just ruled that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not have the authority to shut the state down after April 30th. The Emergency Powers Act of 1945 was used by Whitmer to keep the state shut down but the Supreme Court has denounced the use of this act.
Whitmer has prolonged the shutdown for months causing the loss of many businesses in the state. The court said the law was an “unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”
Michigan Supreme Court rules against @GovWhitmer's use of 1945 emergency powers law in #COVID19 pandemic, says 145 law "is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government…" pic.twitter.com/sIP7Pd6X6r
— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) October 2, 2020
Governor Whitmer has made enemies on both sides of the aisle with her overly aggressive lockdowns throughout the state. She extended the state of emergency in early September:
Today, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer that she will be extending the state of emergency through Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. This comes a day before the state of emergency was set to expire. Now six going on seven months later, non-essential business still remain closed to the people of Michigan.
Before her emergency declaration extension today, Whitmer gave the green light for gyms to reopen on September 9 and contact sports to resume, under strict COVID safety measure of course. However, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other social businesses were not included in Executive Order 2020-177. This new executive order will give the state of Michigan the ability to mobilize resources and take the necessary steps to protect the people of Michigan. Whitmer’s official statement to the public:
“Last week, Michigan surpassed 100,000 cases and families continue to lose loved ones to COVID-19. With over 6,500 deaths, the virus continues to threaten the lives of Michiganders every day. COVID-19 is a novel virus with many unknowns, but we do know that it is widespread, it is easily transmitted, and its effects can be fatal. We must continue to take this seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and all Michiganders from COVID-19. By extending the state of emergency, we can continue the crucial work needed to save lives. Since March, I have been committed to using every tool at my disposal to protect families, frontline workers, and our economy from the threat of COVID-19. I urge Michiganders to do their part by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and staying safe and smart.”
Just yesterday the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved two recall petitions that seek to drive Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer out of office. According to activists Michael Garabelli and James Makowski these recall petitions were created because of Whitmer’s abuse of power. Whitmer put Michigan in a ‘shelter in place’ lockdown that prevented some medical procedures in the state, and Whitmer’s rejection of facemasks from Former Republican Michigan Congressman Kerry Bentivolio, as reported by the National File. If the petitions reach a million signatures these activists will have the ability to force her out of office.
This decision brings back some common sense to the COVID madness.