COVID-19

Governor seeks to extend state-of-emergency

Gretchen Whitmer wants 28-day state-of-emergency extension, though she thinks it should be longer.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants lawmakers to extend Michigan’s state-of-emergency designation for another 28 days. The current state-of-emergency is set to expire on Thursday.

A state-of-emergency allows the governor expanded administrative powers including the ability to make executive orders such as the stay-at-home order currently set to expire on May 15.

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The request could be a tough sell in the legislature, which is controlled by Republicans who have been at odds with the Democrat governor over COVID-19 restrictions.

After initially backing Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Republican leaders in recent weeks have ramped up criticism of her executive orders, according to an article in Bridge Magazine.

Last week, they approved legislation to weaken her emergency powers, which Whitmer vowed to veto, and have said they oppose extending the state of emergency.

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