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GOP lawmakers reject Michigan's virus order; Whitmer unfazed

Governor Gretchen Whitmer portrait

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has refused to extend the state's coronavirus emergency declaration. It also voted Thursday to authorize a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's authority and actions to combat the pandemic. The unfazed governor issued new orders declaring states of emergency and disaster. A court fight is looming. The emergency is the basis for Whitmer's stay-at-home order, which she says has saved lives. The Legislature's steps came as hundreds of conservative activists returned to the Capitol to denounce Whitmer's stay-home measure. The coronavirus has infected more than 41,000 Michigan residents and contributed to the deaths of nearly 3,800.