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2020 Senate Concurrent Resolution 24: Extend governor's coronavirus epidemic emergency powers through April 30
Introduced by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) on April 7, 2020
To approve extending through April 30, 2020 the state of emergency and state of disaster declared by Governor Whitmer in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Note: Whitmer's declarations and most of the executive orders she has issued under their authority cite two state statutes that authorize a governor to assume emergency powers, Public Act 390 of 1976 and Public Act 302 of 1945. The first of these limits emergency declarations to 28 days, with legislative approval required for an extension. The 1945 law does not have a time limit. This resolution would grant an extension of the governor's authority under the 1976 law.   Official Text and Analysis.
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on April 7, 2020
To extend the states of emergency and disaster declared under authority of PA 390 of 1976 until June 16, as requested by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 7, 2020
Passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 7, 2020
To approve extending through April 30, 2020 the state of emergency and state of disaster declared by Governor Whitmer in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Note: Whitmer's declarations and most of the executive orders she has issued under their authority cite two state statutes that authorize a governor to assume emergency powers, Public Act 390 of 1976 and Public Act 302 of 1945. The first of these limits emergency declarations to 28 days, with legislative approval required for an extension. The 1945 law does not have a time limit. This resolution would grant an extension under the 1976 law. With the statewide business lockdown and social distancing required by executive orders issued under these emergency powers, only a few of the 24 Senators and 78 Representatives who were present were allowed at a time into the chamber to vote.
Received in the House on April 7, 2020
Passed by voice vote in the House on April 7, 2020

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