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Emergency orders bills advance out of House Oversight

state of Michigan

Republican-sponsored bills to limit the state executive branch's emergency powers made it out of the Michigan House Oversight Committee today.

Democratic Representative Julie Brixie says the package of around 30 bills was a disingenuous attempt at cleaning up old laws. She compared them to micromanaging the governor. “They all are relating to the emergency orders section of our laws. There are way more egregious, outdated examples,” she says.

But Republican Representative Steve Johnson says fixing other obsolete laws should be part of a different discussion. “That wasn’t this bill package. This bill package was looking at outdated laws regarding emergency powers,” he says.

The bills now head to the full House of Representatives for consideration.