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Whitmer to veto restrictions on local government COVID orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer photo
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Whitmer to veto restrictions on local government COVID orders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will veto language in a budget bill that would punish local health departments that issue COVID-19 mask orders or restrictions.

This action by the governor is expected and Republican leaders say they’ll live with decision even though they disagree with them.

Whitmer Press Secretary Bobby Leddy says the language to be vetoed is unconstitutional, unenforceable and the wrong response to managing COVID-19.

“The governor’s always said that she’d protect public health measures that save lives and oppose any that would seek to undermine or restrict basic life-saving actions throughout this pandemic.”

The governor and the GOP-controlled Legislature still have to figure out how to use several (b) billion dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding.