The Michigan Supreme Court struck down a 1945 law that Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer had been using to keep the state in perpetual lockdown since April.
According to Friday’s ruling, Whitmer’s coronavirus state of emergency “is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government–including its plenary police powers – and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely. As a consequence, the EPGA cannot continue to provide a basis for the Governor to exercise emergency powers.”
Whitmer said in a statement that the ruling was “deeply disappointing,” adding that she will keep her unconstitutional measures in place for the next 21 days when her “emergency declaration” expires.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield hailed the decision, calling it a “big win” for democracy.