Action strikes unconstitutional law abused by governor during pandemic
State Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House approved the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative to repeal the unconstitutional state law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to hold unilateral power over the people of Michigan during the early portion of the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure received bipartisan support.
“I’m proud of the many, many Michiganders who stood up and took action to make certain that such a power grab never happens again,” said Calley, of Portland. “The people of our state are much better off when our government leaders work collaboratively to solve our state’s problems.”
During the pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA) as justification to indefinitely extend Michigan’s state of emergency and the executive powers she used to issue broad and sweeping orders. The Michigan Supreme Court declared the EPGA unconstitutional last October and the Legislature voted in December to remove the unconstitutional law from the books. However, Gov. Whitmer vetoed the measure.
Even before the Supreme Court decision was issued, concerned citizens started the Unlock Michigan petition to repeal the EPGA, submitting more than half a million signatures in October. After several delays, the initiative finally reached the Legislature this month.
Now that both the House and Senate have approved the measure, the law will be repealed.
State Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House today approved a new state budget plan that will help Michigan families, workers and job providers continue to recover from the pandemic while taking steps to put the state on stronger financial footing for the future.
Rep. Calley testifies before the House Election and Ethics Committee Tuesday on her HB 5268, which would prohibit the sending of unsolicited absent voter applications. The bill remains in committee. Rep. Calley says the bill is a move to increase confidence in the process.