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Michigan court again rules in favor of emergency law critics

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 19:30:52-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reaffirmed an earlier decision that could lead to the repeal of a law that was used by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to order restrictions last year related to the coronavirus.

The court directed the Board of State Canvassers to certify a ballot question that could kill the 1945 emergency powers law. It has already been declared unconstitutional, but critics want it off the books.

A group called Unlock Michigan met the 340,000-signature threshold. But the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on partisan lines and refused to certify the issue.

The Republican-controlled Legislature now will likely enact the measure and end the law rather than let it go to a public vote in 2022.