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Michigan Officials Pave Way For Legislature To Remove Gov. Whitmer’s Emergency Powers

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The Michigan Legislature has the opportunity to repeal the law used by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic without the threat of a veto.

The opportunity came after the Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously certified Unlock Michigan campaign’s petition Tuesday that would repeal the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, Booth Newspapers reported.

“We’re looking forward to the next and final step on this long road: passage by the Michigan House and Senate of our initiative to repeal this law so abused by Governor Whitmer,” said Fred Wzsolek, a spokesperson for Unlock Michigan.

The petition had gathered more than the 340,047 signatures that were necessary to force action by the Michigan Legislature or a statewide vote on the law.

Some Democrats expressed concern about the validity of some of the signatures, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ruled that they were valid, according to Booth Newspapers.

Wzsolek said he expects the petition to move through the Republican-led Legislature quickly.

“Seeing as opponents have finally run out of absurd challenges, we will take it up as soon as Secretary Benson sends it,” Senate GOP spokesperson Abby Walls said.

The Legislature is on summer break, but there is one voting session  scheduled this week, during which the petition could be approved.

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