In a bipartisan House vote Wednesday, state Rep. John Reilly supported the repeal of an unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cited to impose burdensome restrictions on the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The governor’s duty is to enforce the constitution and laws of our state, and the Legislature crafts those laws,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Legislators cannot pass the buck of lawmaking to the governor, nor can the governor intrude into the Legislature’s domain.
“These constitutional principles — the separation of powers, and checks and balances between branches — are weaved into the fabric of our system of government. By repealing an unconstitutional law that violates these principles, we can restore balance to our state government.”
The Michigan Constitution allows citizens to propose changes to state law and put them before the Legislature. Over 460,000 Michigan residents signed the Unlock Michigan initiative proposing the repeal of the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945 (EPGA), which Whitmer claimed as the basis for numerous executive orders imposing onerous COVID-19 restrictions, including business and school closures. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled the EPGA unconstitutional and struck down the governor’s orders last October.
The Senate approved the petition on July 15, and the House vote will enact Unlock Michigan and repeal the EPGA. As a citizens’ initiative, Unlock Michigan does not need the governor’s signature.
After an audit found the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) mishandled one of its duties related to administration of a federal program, state Rep. John Reilly, a member of the House Committee on Oversight, today called for the governor and agency leaders to run the UIA more efficiently.
“My heart goes out to students, staff and their families after the despicable shooting at Oxford High School. I am praying for a quick recovery for those who have been wounded, and comfort for families and friends grieving lost loved ones. A tragedy like this shocks us all, and we need to support the people who endured this horrific trauma. Our community is unified in the face of this heinous act of violence, and we are especially grateful to our law enforcement officers and first responders for their efforts.”
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