Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extends stay at home order despite protests

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Republicans have pushed back against some aspects of the Democratic governor's stay-at-home order and urged Gretchen Whitmer to restart parts of the state's economy soon.
Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued three new executive orders Thursday night that extend Michigan's state of emergency through May 28 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The actions could provoke legal challenges from the state's Republican-controlled legislature.

Whitmer used one executive order to terminate Michigan's current state of emergency, which was set to expire Thursday night, and cited two emergency powers laws, one from 1945 and another from 1976, as the legal basis for unilaterally extending the state of emergency. Whitmer indicated she will continually evaluate the need for both executive orders and will "terminate the states of emergency and disaster if the threat or danger has passed."

The state of emergency gives Whitmer the authority to issue executive orders related to coronavirus, such as a stay-at-home order which is in effect until May 15. On Thursday night, Whitmer also signed an executive order keeping bars, gyms, casinos and theaters closed and only allowing restaurants to do delivery or takeout service through May 28.

GOP legislative leaders say the legislature has the authority to extend the state of emergency, not Whitmer, and declined to do so Thursday. Republicans have pushed back against some aspects of the stay-at-home order and urged Whitmer to restart parts of the state's economy soon.

"We remain in the state of emergency," Whitmer said during a town hall Thursday night. "That is a fact. For anyone to declare 'mission accomplished' means that they're turning a blind eye to the fact that over 600 people have died in the last 72 hours."

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The executive orders come a day after Whitmer rejected a Republican proposal that offered two one-week extensions to Whitmer's emergency powers in exchange for a public agreement that future stay at home orders will require legislative approval.

Earlier on Thursday, both…
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