Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will re-authorize the COVID-19 state of emergency in Michigan -- which is set to expire this week, This gives the governor extraordinary powers to address a crisis. A petition campaign is collecting signatures to enact a veto-proof initiative to curtail that power.
Michigan’s attorney general is investigating allegations that a ballot group may have committed crimes while gathering signatures to repeal a law that gives Whitmer broad powers to manage the coronavirus crisis. Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said Monday that her office will probe Unlock Michigan, a Republican-affiliated committee that plans to submit its signatures Friday. If the group turns in enough signatures, the initiative will go to the Legislature. Majority Republicans could enact the measure into law, and it could not be vetoed by the Democratic governor.