Michigan Judge Sides With Whitmer On Sweeping Emergency Powers

May 22, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, (D) Michigan
Credit Photo provided by the State of Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — The governor of Michigan has won a high-stakes challenge by Republican lawmakers who sued over her authority to declare emergencies and order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. A judge says a 1945 law cited by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can be used and is not limited to regional emergencies. The lawsuit from the House and Senate grew out of frustration with Whitmer’s one-size strategy to stop the spread of the coronavirus. People have been told to stay home, and businesses have been shut down. Whitmer has been easing the restrictions. Bars and restaurants in northern Michigan can open early Friday.