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Michigan Legislature Extends Whitmer’s Emergency Powers

Apr 8, 2020

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The Legislature convened Tuesday to adopt a resolution extending Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to address the COVID-19 health crisis.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Majority Leader Mike Shirkey opened the Senate session with a hymn…

“…When sorrows like sea billows roll…”

There was no debate in the House or the Senate as lawmakers entered the chambers in small groups to check in, and then exited.  The resolution was adopted on voice votes with no formal roll calls.

“All those in favor say ‘aye.’  Opposed say ‘nay.’  The resolution is adopted.”

Attendance was limited to the quorum necessary to conduct official business.  The tone was somber, in part because the virus is suspected to have cost one lawmaker his life.  The resolution extends the governor’s emergency authority to April 30th.

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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