State Rep. Timothy Beson today voted with a majority of House legislators to repeal an unconstitutional law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to impose harsh restrictions on the people of Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlock Michigan’s initiative repeals a 1945 law used by the governor to issue emergency orders without legislative approval in the early months of the pandemic. The Michigan Supreme Court previously ruled unanimously to certify the petition, telling the Board of Canvassers they have a clear legal duty to do so.
“Our governor’s overreaching executive orders have gone far enough,” said Rep. Beson. “I’ve both seen and experienced the economic hardships resulting from her guidelines first-hand. My own business, and the Bay County business community, have found it incredibly hard to find employees, provide for our families, and keep the lights on. I am proud of Michiganders for going door-to-door to talk to their neighbors and collect the signatures necessary to rein in a governor who has gone too far. The certification of the Unlock Michigan petition by the state Legislature proves how essential our three-branch system of government is, and I was proud to vote to certify the petition today.”
In October 2020, Unlock Michigan submitted more than 460,000 valid signatures from citizens across the state for a petition to repeal the 1945 law regarding executive powers for governors. The required number of signatures to validate a petition is approximately 340,000.
With the petition now approved by both chambers of the Michigan Legislature, the governor cannot veto or otherwise block the petition.
Allyson Kemp of Unionville, the 2021 Michigan Sugar Queen; Makenna Karst of Frankenmuth, an attendant on the Queen’s Court; state Rep. Timmy Beson of Bangor Township; and Raven Wieland of Pinconning, an attendant on the Queen’s Court, stand at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Rep. Beson talks about House passage this week of House Bills 5404 and 5405, creating the Student Opportunity Scholarship program, which would provide resources to support the education of K-12 students.
The Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved state Rep. Timmy Beson’s plan to rename a Bay County bridge in honor of Sgt. Kristopher Gould, who was killed in the line of duty in the U.S. Army.