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A History of Michigan's Controversial 1945 Emergency Powers Law

The Emergency Powers of Governor Act is the law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using to unilaterally control the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report explains how this law was used by previous governors. Until 2020, it was used 11 times in response to five emergency situations: labor unrest in Hillsdale in 1964, urban riots in 1967, more riots in 1968, high mercury levels in waters near St. Clair in 1970 and for a riot in Ypsilanti in 1970.

[Author's note: See Update and Corrections for the most recent information.]

Epidemic Related Insurance Bills

August 28 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

August 28 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

Raise a Toast to Alcohol Reform

Removing restrictions on to-go sales helps bars and restaurants stay in business

Removing restrictions on to-go sales helps bars and restaurants stay in business

New Updates to Michigan Superintendent Compensation Database

Searchable online tool enables parents and taxpayers to find what their district pays

Searchable online tool enables parents and taxpayers to find what their district pays