5/21/20 – Split Decision for Governor and Legislature

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer . Photo from the Governor's Office. 1/20/20.

The Governor and Legislature can each claim a win in the court of claims.

Judge Cynthia Stephens issued her ruling today in the case of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders and if she overstepped her authority.  The judge’s decision shows she believes lawmakers had a legitimate case and the right to bring the case forward.  But she also ruled the Governor has the right to declare a state of emergency, just not the right to circumvent the legislature.

Either way this case is expected to be appealed.