State Rep. Doug Wozniak voted to repeal an unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to impose onerous restrictions on the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlock Michigan’s initiative repeals a 1945 law used by the governor to issue emergency orders without legislative approval in the early months of the pandemic. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled last fall that the law was unconstitutional, but it was only a 4-3 decision and could be overturned with a new court in the future. Repealing the law was necessary to ensure this doesn’t happen.
“Governor Whitmer failed Michiganders by refusing to open the state and shed her unilateral, overreaching powers,” said Rep. Wozniak. “The people of Michigan have used their voice to kickstart a grassroots effort that, after today, will have successfully worked to rein in the governor’s unchecked authority. The Unlock Michigan petition shows how important the voice of voters is and also how important the separation of powers is to a functioning government. I was proud to unlock Michigan and repeal this unconstitutional law.”
In October 2020, Unlock Michigan submitted more than 460,000 valid signatures for a petition to repeal the 1945 law regarding executive powers for governors. The required number of signatures to validate a petition is approximately 340,000. Procedural delays by the Secretary of State and partisan deadlock by the State Board of Canvassers prevented the Legislature from voting on this initiative until now.
With the petition now approved by both chambers of the Michigan Legislature, the governor cannot stop the repeal from taking place in early 2022.
Following bipartisan approval of the annual budget for state government on Wednesday, Rep. Doug Wozniak today shared how the plan will support job creation and construct roads and other infrastructure in Michigan.
“The Constitution is the foundation of our American republic, serving as a source of inspiration for the pursuit of freedom and justice around the world. We should be thankful for the blessings of our forefathers to give us a form of government that has served us well for more than two centuries.
On September 9, the Michigan House of Representatives commemorated the 20th anniversary of the deadly terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. We honored not only those killed by these attacks but also the service and dedication of all first responders from around our great state.
In a special way, the House honored the lives and memory of first responders who had passed away within the past year. It was my privilege to host Marsha Posavetz at the event to honor the life and memory of her husband, Fred Posavetz, who served as the Chief of Clinton Township Police for fourteen years before passing away due to COVID-19 on March 22, 2021.