Legislature extends Whitmer’s emergency powers

Apr 8, 2020

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature adopted a resolution Tuesday extending Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. 

Lawmakers were called into the House and the Senate in small groups to check in before the resolution was adopted. It extends the governor’s emergency powers until April 30th.

House Democratic Leader Christine Grieg introduced a resolution to allow future votes to be handled remotely.

“There’s too many things going on right now in the state of Michigan, many things that we’ve had challenges with on an ongoing basis, but it just intensified under this pandemic, including unemployment insurance, health care, schools,” she said.

The Republican leadership said that’s not yet necessary. The measure was referred to a committee to await possible action in the future.