Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a group that wants to limit the governor's emergency powers.

“Unlock Michigan” successfully gathered enough signatures to place a proposed law before the state Legislature.

The petition would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer relied on that Act to impose an extended state of emergency during the pandemic.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in a dispute over liability for the death of a 4-year-old girl at Gwinn High School.

Amarah Filizetti, the daughter of a cheerleading coach, was accidentally killed in the school gym in 2015 when a 325-pound panel fell on her. Staff were in the process of putting the panel in place to shield a portable stage.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court to delay the deadline to finish new congressional and legislative maps by nearly two months and give candidates 25 extra days to file to run.

The pending request is due to a delay in data from the U.S. Census bureau. The panel, which had previously authorized legal action, on Thursday specified new deadlines to propose. It wants a Jan. 25 deadline to adopt the lines. The current deadline is Nov. 1.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a challenge to Michigan’s ban on taxpayer funds to support private and parochial schools.

The fight is over a relatively paltry $2.5 million appropriation tucked into the $55 billion 2016 state budget.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Democratic Party nominees will be in the majority at the Michigan Supreme Court for the first time since 2010.

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack coasted to reelection, while newcomer Elizabeth Welch was finishing behind her in the race for two seats. McCormack had 32% of the vote, followed by Welch at roughly 20%. Republican nominees Mary Kelly and Brock Swartzle were running third and fourth.

McCormack and Welch ran as a team, appearing in TV ads and on billboards.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Supreme Court did not respond to a request from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel to review challenges made to the legality of a directive issued by Secretary Benson on Oct. 16 that prohibited the open carry of firearms in limited locations on Election Day.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is the next stop in a legal fight over whether guns can be openly carried at polling places on Election Day. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) say guns can be intimidating – especially in a contentious election. But gun rights advocates say the state can’t step on a right that’s guaranteed under state law.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to delay by 28 days the effect of its decision striking down a law she had used to keep intact sweeping orders designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Justices voted 6-1 Monday against halting the precedential effect of its opinion until Oct. 30. They also reaffirmed their initial 4-3 ruling that declared a 1945 emergency powers law unconstitutional this time in a lawsuit brought by the Republican-led Legislature.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday on CNN that an advisory opinion from the state’s highest court puts the health of Michiganders at risk.

The Michigan Supreme Court’s opinion said the governor exceeded her authority by issuing and re-issuing orders that require masks, distancing, and restricting public gatherings without getting approval from the Legislature.