The Michigan State Board of Canvassers unanimously certified the “Unlock Michigan” petition aiming to revoke Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers on Wednesday. The petition calls upon the State legislature to strip the controversial Governor (who I refer to as the “Governatrix”) of authority under the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act. The petition will now head to the legislature where it is expected to be passed.
Didn’t the Michigan Supreme Court do this already?
Technically, no. In October of last year, the Supreme Court of Michigan unanimously ruled on the question of the 1976 Emergency Management Act, but disappointingly, they split 4-3 on concluding that the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act “is an unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.” Some of Whitmer’s orders were grounded in the 1976 act and others were grounded in a combination of both the 1976 and 1945 acts. In what essentially amounts to a paper-shuffle, the headstrong Governatrix promptly re-issued previous executive orders under the authority of the later act alone, ostensibly making those orders legal again.
The current petition will remove Whitmer’s ability to use either act to justify the orders. Unlock Michigan, the grassroots organization that started this petition, describes themselves as follows:
“Unlock Michigan is a coalition of concerned Michiganders who believe that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s crushing lockdown of life and business across Michigan is a dangerous threat to our livelihoods and constitutional liberties. We believe it is time for the people of Michigan to take back the power and remove the outdated law.”unlockmichigan.com
You can check out their website here if you’re interested in supporting them.