After initially ordering the state of emergency on March 10, Whitmer has enacted more than 30 executive orders under her emergency powers aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Prior to the extension, the state of emergency was scheduled to end April 7.
Whitmer had originally called for a 70-day extension onto her state of emergency. However, the Republican-controlled Senate opted for a shorter time frame. The Senate approved the resolution around 10 a.m. with the House following around 1 p.m.