COVID-19

Lawmakers turn to ballot measure to limit governor’s emergency powers

Michigan Republicans aren't happy with governor's executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, (R-Clarklake), is placing his weight behind a ballot initiative to restrict the governor’s emergency powers.

Shikey, and others in the Republican-led legislature, have been unhappy with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders restricting activities in the state during the COVID-19 crisis. The same is true of right-wing protestors who have gathered at the state capitol over the past few weeks to protest the governor.

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A ballot initiative would need 340K signatures from registered voters to appear on the ballot in November. It is unclear whether such an initiative could meet that level of support especially at a time when social distancing is the norm.

You can read more about the movement at Michigan Advance.

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