Michigan State Legislature Forms a Committee to Review Whitmer’s Response to Wuhan Coronavirus Crisis
Whitmer’s overreach has led to many protests in her state.
Michigan’s state legislature formed a committee to review Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s responses and actions to the Wuhan coronavirus crisis.
That woman in Michigan enacted some of the weirdest restrictions, which led to mass confusion and people pointing out contradictions.
I don’t know if the news of the committee had a play in this, but Whitmer loosened some of the restrictions even though she extended the stay-at-home order.
The Michigan Legislature made its decision on Thursday:
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, tweeted: “The House & Senate will convene tomorrow to create a special oversight committee on COVID-19 to examine our government’s response. Michigan needs to handle this pandemic seriously yet properly. It’s what the people deserve, and we will see that it happens.”
The legislature voted for the committee on Friday:
The majority of both houses approved House Speaker Lee Chatfield’s resolution to create the committee during a special legislative session Friday.
“The Legislature is the voice of the people, and the people of this state have very serious questions and concerns about how this pandemic is being handled by state officials,” Chatfield said in a statement after the vote. “We hear about it every day from our constituents, families, friends and neighbors. The people we represent deserve answers, and this bipartisan committee will work hard every day to get them.”
Representatives Matt Hall, R-Marshall, Julie Calley, R-Portland, Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw and Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, were named to the committee. Five Senators will join them.
The Michigan Senate also has a few bills to consider, which would strip Michigan governors of a few powers:
The Senate also will consider a pair of bills that would repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, which gives wide power to the governor to declare a state of emergency in times of “great public crisis.”
Another bill would amend the Emergency Management Act of 1976, which allows the governor to declare a state of emergency for up to 28 days, to reduce the number of allowable days to 14.
That woman in Michigan said she will veto the bills if they pass. She also said that the legislature is just trying “to figure out a way to stay relevant during the coronavirus crisis.”
Right. It has nothing to do with your overreach, which caused residents to protest. Nothing at all.
Stay-at-Home Order, Relaxed Restrictions
Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order until May 15, but back off on some of the stricter restrictions in her original executive order:
Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Stores selling nonessential supplies can reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Big-box retailers no longer have to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint, flooring and carpet.
Whitmer said people with multiple in-state homes can resume traveling between them, though it is strongly discouraged.
“The vast majority of people in this state are doing the right things. We’ve seen the curve get pushed down,” the Democratic governor told The Associated Press. “I think it’s appropriate to reevaluate along the way. At this point we feel like’s good to have our first wave of reengagement in this way.”
The order continues to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life, with exemptions for various critical jobs. Restaurants remain closed to dine-in customers under a separate measure, and bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities also are still shuttered.
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