As you know, during the whole CoVid-19 situation, blue state governors implemented hard lockdowns under the excuse of trying to save lives. Whether those lockdowns are justified in your mind probably depends on your political viewpoints. If you’re a leftist, you probably think that governors should have locked down sooner, for longer, and harder. And if you’re not on the left, then you probably think that the lockdowns shouldn’t have happened at all.
In the State of Michigan, they elected Gretchen Whitmer as a Democrat Governor there. In spite of that, though, it would appear that there are quite a few non-leftist thinkers in that state, too, and they’ve taken action in a way that Whitmer will hate. Steven Kovac writes,
Michigan’s Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, which gave Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unilateral executive authority to lock down the state at the height of the CCP virus pandemic, is likely on its way to being repealed.
The Board of State Canvassers certified on July 13 that the citizens’ group Unlock Michigan had gathered enough signatures in a petition drive to bring the initiative before the Republican-controlled state legislature, where the law is all but certain to be repealed by legislative action, possibly by the end of the month, according to a GOP state Senate spokesperson.
By law, the lawmakers have 40 days to act, and this special legislative action isn’t subject to a governor’s veto. If the legislature fails to repeal the law, the Michigan Constitution mandates the measure go before the voters in the next general election.
Though the 1945 law was found unconstitutional (as an undue ceding of legislative authority to the executive) by the Michigan Supreme Court in October 2020, Whitmer quickly invoked the emergency powers of the Michigan Dept. of Public Health in order to keep the lockdown in place. That gave rise to the start of another citizens’ initiative to curtail the emergency powers of the Michigan state health department.
Another petition is in place to get rid of Whitmer’s access to emergency authority due to public health.
Hopefully, for the people of Michigan, they’ll be freed from Whitmer’s dictatorial oppression. They deserve so much better than what they’ve experienced over the last eighteen months.