Michigan Supreme Court wants more briefs on governor’s powers

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 11:56 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court wants more information after listening to hours of arguments over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s sweeping use of authority during the coronavirus pandemic.

The court told the parties to file briefs on key portions of the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act that Whitmer has cited to declare an emergency and set restrictions on everyday life to control the spread of the virus.

Critics argue that the law from the World War II era was intended to restore order in certain areas of the state during times of civil unrest.

The Supreme Court ordered lawyers to address whether the phrase “public safety” in the law “encompasses ‘public health’ events such as epidemics.”

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