The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday denied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to extend emergency powers that she invoked to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The conservative-majority court rejected the Democratic governor’s request to delay the effect of its decision striking down a law she had used to keep intact sweeping orders amid the pandemic.
H/T: Fox News
Executive orders issued under the 1945 emergency powers law “are of no continuing legal effect. This order is effective upon entry,” the court wrote.
"Another big win at the Supreme Court today!" Chatfield said on Twitter. "The law is the law, and partisan politics can’t change that. The people will finally have their voices heard in this process. The House is in again tomorrow, and I hope the Governor is ready to cooperate. It’s time to work together!"
Another big win at the Supreme Court today! The law is the law, and partisan politics can’t change that. The people will finally have their voices heard in this process. The House is in again tomorrow, and I hope the Governor is ready to cooperate. It’s time to work together!— Lee Chatfield (@LeeChatfield) October 12, 2020
Robert Gordon, the director of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a sweeping order Friday that largely mirrors statewide mandates previously levied by Whitmer in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Detroit Free Press reports.
The newly instituted order requires masks at any public gathering with two or more people — including sporting events and schools — for much of the state and maintains restrictions on the number of people who may enter stores or restaurants. Unlike under Whitmer's orders, bars are now allowed to operate but they may only serve alcohol to people who are sitting down and 6 feet apart.
Those orders under the Public Health Code are not affected by the court rulings, though they also could face legal challenge.
Michigan Supreme Court rules against Gov. Whitmer’s #lockdown orders and denies Whitmer’s request to delay removing emergency powers.— Beverly A. Pekala (@PekalaLaw) October 13, 2020
Supreme Court says she doesn’t have unilateral right to extend state of emergency.#COVID19 #laws#Illinois #travelhttps://t.co/krZX578lPK
But the Michigan Supreme Court order does not affect new coronavirus orders the Whitmer administration has issued under the Public Health Code. https://t.co/Zw9yxgdxqO— BattleCreek Enquirer (@bcenquirer) October 12, 2020
CORONAVIRUS: The Michigan Health Department has issued its own emergency order keeping much of the restrictions Governor Whitmer imposed in place.https://t.co/KtBuE9rqZh— WJMN Local 3 (@WJMN_Local3) October 12, 2020