Michigan Elections Bureau Says Anti-Lockdown Campaign Has Enough Petition Names

Apr 20, 2021

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The Michigan Bureau of Elections says a petition campaign to initiate a law to curtail the governor’s use of emergency powers has gathered the signatures it needs.  As Rick Pluta explains, the next step is to have that ratified by a state board.

The Unlock Michigan campaign wants the Legislature to vote on a veto-proof initiative.  It would repeal one of the laws Governor Gretchen Whitmer used to enact emergency COVID-19 restrictions.  That law was struck down in court but remains on the books.  Also, most of the state’s COVID restrictions have been lifted.  Fred Wszolek of Unlock Michigan says that’s not enough.  

“Well, the restrictions that were lifted can always be re-imposed, so we don’t think that Governor Whitmer is done.  She’s just momentarily taking a rest.” 

 A state board could meet as soon as Thursday to certify the signatures.  That would send the initiative to the GOP-controlled Legislature to vote on.  

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org