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Gov. Whitmer’s virus-related powers reach top Michigan court

Justices heard hours of arguments Wednesday about whether Whitmer has illegally made far-reaching decisions without input from the Legislature.
The Michigan Supreme Court building in Lansing.
The Michigan Supreme Court building in Lansing.(WJRT)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 5:24 PM EDT
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DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic has reached the Michigan Supreme Court.

Justices heard hours of arguments Wednesday about whether Whitmer has illegally made far-reaching decisions without input from the Legislature.

Whitmer, a Democrat, has repeatedly ordered virus-related restrictions under a 1945 law that grants power to declare emergencies when public safety is at risk. But Whitmer’s critics, especially Republicans, instead point to a 1976 law that says lawmakers get a say in emergency declarations after 28 days.

Whitmer has imposed - and eased - restrictions on Michigan’s economy, K-12 school system and health care, all in a desire to reduce the risk of the highly contagious virus.

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