Michigan’s governor, like the governors of other states, is authorized under state law to exercise emergency powers to respond to a crisis. Recent attacks in the form of lawsuits and a petition for a ballot initiative threaten to eliminate those powers to the detriment of the people of Michigan. We should reject these ill-conceived attacks and maintain our state’s essential authorities.

State laws enacted by the Legislature in 1945 and 1976 give Michigan’s governor power to “proclaim a state of emergency” and issue orders necessary to protect life and property and bring the emergency under control.

 

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