State Rep. Timothy Beson today voted with a majority of House legislators to repeal an unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to impose harsh 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 previously ruled unanimously to certify the petition, telling the Board of Canvassers they have a clear legal duty to do so.
“Our governor’s overreaching executive orders have gone far enough,” said Rep. Beson. “I’ve both seen and experienced the economic hardships resulting from her guidelines first-hand. My own business, and the Bay County business community, have found it incredibly hard to find employees, provide for our families, and keep the lights on. I am proud of Michiganders for going door-to-door to talk to their neighbors and collect the signatures necessary to rein in a governor who has gone too far. The certification of the Unlock Michigan petition by the state Legislature proves how essential our three-branch system of government is, and I was proud to vote to certify the petition today.”
In October 2020, Unlock Michigan submitted more than 460,000 valid signatures from citizens across the state 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.
With the petition now approved by both chambers of the Michigan Legislature, the governor cannot veto or otherwise block the petition.
State Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, stands with Bay County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Box on Sept. 9, 2021, at the state Capitol. Beson hosted Box at the annual Michigan House of Representatives memorial of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Rep. Beson says the pandemic unemployment benefit, which continues through September, has an unintended consequence of dividing people and argues government should incentivize individuals who have been working.
Rep. Beson talks about House passage Tuesday of HB 4838, which prohibits connection of the electronic voting systems and electronic poll books to the internet on election day. Rep. Beson says it is good to have what has been a policy formally put into state law.
State Rep. Timothy Beson criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of legislation that would have helped local businesses across Michigan reopen, rebuild, and get back on their feet while emerging from restrictive COVID-19 measures.