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House approves initiative to rein in emergency powers

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A law Governor Gretchen Whitmer used to issue emergency orders during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic was repealed Wednesday by a vote by the state House of Representatives.

Republicans were chafed by Whitmer’s continued use of unilateral COVID orders.

GOP Representative Jack O’Malley said the initiative will restore the balance of power between the governor and the Legislature.

“I will not be voting ‘yes’ today. I will be voting ‘hell yes.’”

Democratic Representative Mari Manoogian said the initiative should instead go to the ballot.

“So that every single Michigander has an opportunity to voice their opinion about this.”

The governor cannot veto the initiative. There is still another emergency powers law that requires the governor to get periodic reauthorization from the Legislature.

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