Excerpted from news media

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued three new Executive Orders extending Michigan’s state of emergency through May 28 despite the Republican-led legislature voting against the extension. Challenging her authority, the legislature also voted to give themselves the power to sue the governor over her coronavirus response.

The new Executive Orders rescind earlier state of emergency and state of disaster orders which expired at midnight April 30. Under the state of emergency, Whitmer has authority to issue Executive Orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as the state’s stay-at-home order effective through May 15.

Republican legislative leaders said legislative approval is necessary to extend the state of emergency. Whitmer’s Executive Orders detail the governor's legal authority under sections of the Emergency Management Act of 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945.

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The governor's Executive Orders remain in effect unless a court order determines otherwise. MAFF will keep members posted as more details unfold. Stay Safe!