Michigan Supreme Court: Governor did not have authority to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic

“The Governor did not possess the authority to exercise emergency powers under the EPGA because the act unlawfully delegates legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”

-Michigan Supreme Court Ruling

October 3, 2020 | Dave Boucher and Todd Spangle | Detroit Free Press

“Michigan Supreme Court rules against Whitmer on emergency powers but effect unclear”

“The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions over the last five months.

The court’s opinion throws into question dozens of orders issued by Whitmer related to the coronavirus pandemic, appearing to void them. At the same time, however, since the decision came as a response to questions submitted to the court by a federal judge — and not as part of a state case before it — it wasn’t immediately clear what would happen next or when it would take effect.”

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