The following statement on the Court of Appeals ruling can be attributed to Patrick Wright, vice president of legal affairs at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation.
“The separation of powers prevents the governor from having unlimited, unilateral and indefinite power. Contrary to the Court of Appeals decision, the Legislature cannot pass laws that effectively amend this doctrine, which is established in the Michigan Constitution. The separation of powers doctrine has existed for centuries to enhance liberty, protect freedoms and lead to better policy decisions."
On September 2, the Michigan Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments for a Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case challenging the Gov. Whitmer’s unprecedented use of emergency powers. The Foundation is representing three medical practices that were unable to provide necessary care and a patient who was unable to receive care due to the governor's executive orders.
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