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Michigan AG announces criminal investigation of group seeking repeal of Whitmer powers

By Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press on

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Someone "should investigate the conspiracy among Gov. Whitmer's political operatives to stage this sham video," Wszolek said.

Keep Michigan Safe spokesman Mark Fisk has said Wszolek's allegations are false and absurd and an attempt to shift attention away from Unlock Michigan's conduct.

Tisinger and In the Field have been unavailable for comment.

Whitmer, who like Nessel is a Democrat, is this week expected to extend Michigan's state of emergency under the Emergency Powers of Governor Act. The current state of emergency is set to expire at the end of the day Thursday, and Whitmer's extension will be the latest in a series of extensions she has made unilaterally since May, when the Republican-controlled Legislature declined to grant an extension under the Emergency Management Act of 1976.

That refusal left Whitmer with only one major legislative tool in her toolbox - the 1945 law, which does not require the Legislature to sign off on a state of emergency.


Unlock Michigan, a group with strong ties to the Republican Party, says it has exceeded its goal of collecting more than 500,000 signatures to repeal the 1945 law. It is expected to submit those signatures Friday to the Michigan Secretary of State's Office for verification.

If the required signatures are submitted to the Republican-controlled Legislature, it can then repeal the law without that action being subject to a Whitmer veto. Only if the Legislature does not act on the petition would the question of repealing the emergency law go to voters.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said it could take until early next year for her office to finish reviewing the signatures. Unlock Michigan has called for the review to take place much more quickly.

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