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Michigan Supreme Court strikes down governor’s virus orders

The court said the law was an “unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”
The Michigan Supreme Court building.
The Michigan Supreme Court building.(WJRT)
Published: Oct. 2, 2020 at 5:20 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2020 at 5:28 PM EDT
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DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down months of orders by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that were aimed at that were aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

The court says Whitmer illegally drew authority from a 1945 law that doesn’t apply.

The court determined that the law was an “unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”

The decision is an extraordinary development in a months-long tug-of-war between Whitmer, a Democrat, and the Republicans who control the Legislature.

Whitmer says the ruling does not take effect for at least 21 days, and until then, her emergency declaration and orders retain the force of law.

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