Freedom Alert: Legislature Has a Critical Role During Pandemic

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.

A lot of dramatic actions have been taken in the name of safety lately. And while many of these are reasonable responses to the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the legislature forfeit its constitutional role as the people's voice, is not.

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.”
Things have escalated quickly during the course of this pandemic. Government has moved swiftly to respond, but that action should not, and must not, be unchecked. For the good of Michigan’s citizens, and our Constitution, this crisis requires the involvement of the representative voice of those citizens.
We applaud the Legislature for choosing to meet, for implementing protocols to protect the safety of their members and staff, and for fulfilling their constitutional role today. Most importantly, we thank them for approving a limited extension of Gov. Whitmer’s state of emergency, ensuring that the representative voice of the people will continue to have a role to play in the weeks to come.

Tony Daunt
Tony Daunt
Executive Director
Michigan Freedom Fund




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