You’ve probably seen petitions for proposals that run hundreds of sentences, or even dozens of pages. You’re expected to sign without having a chance to really read or understand what the proposal really does.
Our proposal is different. It’s a single sentence long. Read for yourself:
An initiation of legislation to repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act, 1945 PA 302, MCL 10.31 to 10.33, entitled “An act authorizing the governor to proclaim a state of emergency, and to prescribe the powers and duties of the governor with respect thereto; and to prescribe penalties.”
It does one thing: it repeals the law that allows a Michigan Governor to govern by decree, without end, and without accountability. With the repeal of this 1945 law that has long outlived its usefulness, Governor Whitmer and all future governors will retain important powers to respond in case of legitimate emergencies, but they’ll have to work with the legislature to respond to long-term problems.
We can all agree that COVID19 is still a problem. But the emergency is long since past — except in the mind of Governor who refuses to give up her preference to govern by decree.
That’s our proposal, all one sentence of it. You can sign our petition confidently, knowing exactly what our proposal does for Michigan, which is to restore checks and balances before it’s too late.