An effort to challenge a Michigan law that grants the governor emergency powers has reportedly reached its signature goal and will soon be submitted to the state for review.
The “Unlock Michigan” initiative needs just over 340,000 valid resident signatures to put the petition to repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act before the legislature. On Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, the group Stand Up Michigan announced that it had collected 500,000 signatures.
Spokesperson for the group, Ron Armstrong announced on Facebook Live that they plan to deliver the petition to the state next week and will not let the election be a distraction.
Governor Whitmer has received pushback from Republicans who have challenged her authority to extend the coronavirus state of emergency without the approval to do so from legislature.
According to MLive, if enough signatures are valid and the legislature takes up the initiative and approves it, the law can be repealed without the governor’s signature. If the legislature votes the initiative down, it would be left up to the voters during a future election.
The Democrats find this petition’s attempt to take away her power “reckless and irrresponsible.”
Read more about this petition and Whitmer’s actions during this crisis here.