Late last week, Gov. Whitmer asked for an astonishing 70-day extension to the state of emergency she declared on March 10, that is set to expire today. Part of her supposed rationale was so the Legislature wouldn’t have to meet frequently. It’s for their own safety, of course.
Like the essential grocery store workers, gas station attendants, truck drivers, bank tellers, and other workers on the frontline, our Legislature has a critical duty to perform. As former Speaker of the House Jase Bolger writes in Crain’s Detroit Business:
“The loud drumbeat from Democrats and their apologists that the Legislature is not needed – that the governor should just act with unfettered, unlimited, and unending unilateral control – isn't just shortsighted, it's dangerous. They'd never suggest offering the same unchecked control to the president (nor should they).“The Michigan Legislature has the constitutional responsibility to extend Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders, if needed, beyond 28 days; and they should be involved in negotiating what steps the state will take with that extended authority.”