LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled last week that the Board of State Canvassers has a “clear legal duty to certify the [Unlock Michigan] petition,” the board went ahead and obeyed the state’s highest court on Tuesday morning.
This move paves the way for final votes in the state Legislature on a proposal to repeal the 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to underpin her COVID-19 lockdowns.
The measure is veto-proof.
The “Unlock Michigan” group exceeded the 340,000-signature threshold. However, The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked in certifying the petitions in April along party lines.
This is not the first time the Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on pandemic powers. In October, it ruled that same 1945 law unconstitutional. Gov. Whitmer used it as the basis to shutdown schools, limit capacity limits in restaurants, and force mask wearing.
Three days after this ruling, Whitmer ignored the state’s highest court and instead cited an obscure 1918 Spanish influenza law to carry out her same pandemic executive orders, this time through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.