LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday voted for the Unlock Michigan citizen-led petition to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.
The vote came two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified the petition’s signatures.
“Our founders created a system of coequal branches of government to prevent abuses of power and ensure the government was accountable to the people,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Unfortunately, Gov. Whitmer violated that core principle of checks and balances at a time when we needed to work together.
“I was proud to vote in favor of the Unlock Michigan Citizen’s Initiative to repeal the 1945 law that the governor was abusing to keep her unchecked power, and I hope the House will soon follow our lead to ensure it never happens again.”
Last year, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Whitmer overstepped her authority by continuing to issue emergency orders without the approval of the Legislature and that the 1945 law was unconstitutional.
After Senate approval, the Unlock Michigan petition still needs to be taken up by the House of Representatives. If approved by the House, the 1945 law will be repealed. The governor has no authority to veto or otherwise block the petition.
If the 1945 law is repealed, the governor can use emergency powers under a separate 1976 law that limits the emergency powers to 28 days unless granted more time by the Legislature.