Michigan House, Senate Sue Whitmer over State of Emergency Extension
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate joined forces on Wednesday in order to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) after she bypassed the legislature to extend the state of emergency declaration.
âOnly the Legislature has the power to extend the state of emergency,â House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) explained to reporters on Wednesday, adding typically the law is âvery clear,â the Detroit Free Press reported.
âThe Legislature is left with no choice but to seek the courtâs intervention to restore constitutional order,â Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said.
Chatfield contended Whitmer opted to âgo it alone,â and definitely not work with the legislature.
âBecause of that we filed a lawsuit today in the Court of Claims, challenging the governorâs unconstitutional actions,â Chatfield said, according in order to the Detroit News.
âToday was very avoidable, but it is necessary. Itâs a sad day for our state because we truly should all be working together.â
The duet are seeking a âspeedy hearingâ with regard to the suit, and want typically the court to find that Whitmerâs âongoing âemergencyâ orders are improper and invalidâ under Michigan law.
Last week, both the House and Senate passed resolutions letting their respective leaders to do legal action against Whitmer right after she extended the state of emergency, which expired April 28.
Her action required typically the shuttering of bars, restaurants, gambling houses, and theaters for another 28 days.
âIf she does not recognize the end of the emergency declaration, we have no other choice, but to act for our constituents,â Shirkey claimed, the News reported.
Amid confusion over the validity together with clarity of Whitmerâs declarations, Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a new letter to police officers agencies âconfirmingâ they should be taking steps against violators of social removing and other stay-at-home regulations.
âNessel finds the two orders to be valid under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act and asks local law enforcement agencies to continue their enforcement efforts,â her office said.