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New lawsuit challenges Whitmer emergency power

May 22, 2020

A conservative legal foundation has filed a new lawsuit challenging Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ability to issue and enforce emergency orders related go the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Mackinac Center says Whitmer has stretched the meaning of “emergency” to continue to issue new emergency orders. The lawsuit also says she’s claiming the right to use administrative powers that govern workplace rules to enforce those orders. Under her orders, workplace violations carry bigger fines and penalties.

Severe weather
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High winds swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and prompting a partial closure of the Mackinac Bridge. Winds were reported gusting more than 50 mph (80 kph) on Tuesday morning in places. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both reported several thousand scattered outages.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas was closed Tuesday morning to all vehicles except for passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickups. Those crossing the bridge were told to drive slowly.