Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield has slapped down calls by some Republican lawmakers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be impeached. 

Chatfield on Wednesday called the effort a distraction from what needs to be done in the state.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month.

Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 nearly double. The governor says Michigan is at a “dangerous moment.” She pleaded Wednesday for people to wear a mask and socially distance.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic has reached the Michigan Supreme Court. 

Justices heard hours of arguments Wednesday about whether Whitmer has illegally made far-reaching decisions without input from the Legislature. Whitmer, a Democrat, has repeatedly ordered virus-related restrictions under a 1945 law that grants power to declare emergencies when public safety is at risk.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s budget outlook is not as bad as was thought thanks to federal pandemic relief aid, higher consumer spending and tax payments than expected, and a quicker recovery by the auto industry.

In May, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and legislative economists projected a combined $6.3 billion shortfall in two main funds over two year. They revised that hole downward, to $3.4 billion, in a meeting Monday. That means the situation isn't as dire as the Democratic governor and Republican-led Legislature work to pass a budget.

The following is a press release from Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office:

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature’s Republican leaders are suing Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

They say she’s exceeded her emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis and violated the state constitution. The GOP leaders want the Michigan Court of Claims to strike down the governor’s new emergency declaration. Her most recent declaration expired April 30th..

House Speaker Lee Chatfield says any new emergency declarations must be approved by the Legislature.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   After easing restrictions for industries like landscaping and construction over the past two weeks Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state will need to have a waiting period before making decisions about other industries going back to work. 

Governor Whitmer announced last week construction could begin again on May 7th. She says now the state will study if cases of COVID-19 begin to increase again when some sectors of the economy return to work.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   People will be able to pick up prescriptions at certain Michigan pharmacies that aren't staffed by an on-site pharmacist under legislation signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The measure enacted last week allows for “remote" pharmacies, which proponents support as a way to expand access to pharmacy services and improve health outcomes in rural and underserved areas. Pharmacists at “parent" pharmacies will be able to use an audio and video link to review prescriptions before they're dispensed by pharmacy technicians.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered a temporary ban on flavored e-cigarettes in Michigan.  

Michigan appears to be the only state to have this sort of rule. The order forbids retail and online sales of e-cigarettes with candy flavors in Michigan, and marketing vaping devices as a safe alternative to smoking.

Doctor Joneigh Khaldun is Michigan’s Public Health Executive. She says the availability of flavored vaping products is a public health emergency.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Legislature’s GOP leaders say they will delay sending bills to Governor Gretchen Whitmer to change Michigan’s auto insurance system.

Whitmer says she’d veto the plans.

Republicans were poised to send the bills to Whitmer’s desk despite her vow to reject them, but GOP leaders say they’re still hopeful a deal can be reached that’s acceptable to all sides.

Whitmer says she’s willing to bargain with Republicans on a plan to reduce auto insurance premiums. But she says reducing coverage is not the answer.

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