LANSING, MI - The Michigan legislature has fought executive orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her state agencies all year long, and took a step Thursday to deal another blow to the administration’s efforts to mandate coronavirus precautions.
Just before the end of the legislative session, the Michigan Senate laid the groundwork to put a measure in place to suspend any Whitmer administration order issued before the next session starts in January.
In other words, any rule, regulation or order from Whitmer or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services introduced over the next few weeks could be denied by this committee, a GOP spokesperson said.
The discussion at the Capitol shouldn’t be about suspending health orders, Whitmer administration spokeswoman Tiffany Brown told MLive, but about economic and health funding for Michigan residents.
“Right now, our state needs an economic relief package to support working families and small businesses, funding for vaccine and PPE distribution and a mask mandate to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Brown said. “The legislature should start listening to what the people of our state need right now and work with Governor Whitmer so we can return to a strong economy and normal day-to-day activity.”