In a House vote approving the Unlock Michigan petition, state Rep. John Damoose backed the repeal of an unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to impose onerous restrictions on the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Students, workers and small business owners are still feeling the effects of Gov. Whitmer’s misguided lockdowns,” said Damoose, of Harbor Springs. “Unlock Michigan will guarantee no governor can abuse the unconstitutional emergency powers law she used to bypass the Legislature, cripple the economy and close schools.”
Between March and October 2020, Whitmer claimed her COVID-19 mandates were rooted in the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945 (EPGA). She said this law enabled her to declare an indefinite emergency and issue broad orders unilaterally, but the Michigan Supreme Court struck down the EPGA and Whitmer’s actions as unconstitutional.
Unlock Michigan was proposed by citizens to repeal the EPGA, and over 460,000 residents across the state signed the petition to send it to the Legislature. Under the constitution, the House’s approval today finalized the initiative and will put it into effect. The Senate backed the initiative last week, and the governor’s approval is not needed to enact a citizens’ initiative.
Rep. Damoose talks about House passage Wednesday of HB 4722, which he says provides for a degree of local control while protecting property rights in the growing short-term rental sector of Michigan’s tourism economy. Rep. Damoose says the measure passed Wednesday, which was the 11th version of the legislation, reflected months of work on his […]
“The attack by these domestic terrorists — who claimed on video they were acting to implement Gov. Whitmer’s shutdown of Line 5 — is unconscionable. This action was a direct product of an irresponsible narrative being pushed by misguided extremists. Instead of threatening critical infrastructure that so many rely upon for their survival, we should work together for common-sense improvements like building the Great Lakes Tunnel.”
State Rep. John Damoose today announced three renovation projects in Northern Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula will receive support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.