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Published 5/16/2020

Michigan Court of Claims Hears Argument Against Governor's Executive Orders

WATCH: Attorneys for the Legislature and the Governor Argue Before the Honorable Judge Cynthia Stephens via Zoom



The fight about the Governor's powers in a time of emergency formally began on Friday with a hearing in front of Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens.

Michael Williams, representing the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate, and Chris Allen, representing Governor Gretchen Whitmer, debated the issue of whether or not Governor Whitmer overstepped her authority of emergency powers when she terminated the State of Emergency after 28 days and then immediately issued another Executive Order, extending the state's stay-at-home order, even as the Legislature refused to grant the Governor authority to extend the State of Emergency.

The relevance of the Emergency Management Act of 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor's Act of 1945 and how they are being interpreted is a central focus of the battle.

Judge Stephens concluded the hearing, saying the parties will get something in writing, but added it will "certainly not be the last word," saying it would be on its way to the Supreme Court.

The transcript is expected Tuesday.



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Update 5/10/2020

The Air National Guard will fly over parts of Michigan this week in solidarity with frontline workers amidst the COVID-19 crisis.  On Tuesday look to the skies in Lansing and Flint.  A flyover will also occur that day in Marquette, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek.  The Blue Angels will also conduct a flyover in Detroit on Tuesday.  A flyover of Novi and Detroit by the Air National Guard will occur on Wednesday as well.

Frost is expected early this week.  Perhaps the final winter-like temperatures before the warmth of summer takes hold.  Expect cold across much of the state on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  Northern portions of the state may hold on to the cold morning air into the weekend.

The Grand Hotel's interior designer is suing for personal memorabilia that was sold with the hotel.  Carleton Varney is also suing for age discrimination after allegedly discovering that the hotel's new owners are seeking a younger interior designer.

A 7 year old girl is in serious condition after being struck by a bullet inside her Detroit home on Mother's Day.  It happened around 1:30am.  An unknown shooter fired shots from outside the Burgess Street home.

All residents of Grand Rapids Home for Veterans were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday.  The staff will be tested later in the week.  Already, three residents and six staff members have tested positive for the virus.

MSU's College of Human Medicine Graduation Ceremony was held virtually on Saturday, celebrating the achievements of nearly 200 graduates.

A fundraiser for the family of a Flint Family Dollar security guard that was fatally shot is nearing $400,000.  Meanwhile, the three suspects have all been arrested and a judge has denied bond for the shooter.

Two Northern Michigan health centers are forgiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt.   The owners of Wellston Medical Center and Primary Health Services of Ludington aim to ease the financial burden on families during the Coronavirus crisis as they eliminate $214,000 in debt incurred by thousands of patients.  Additionally, the centers are hosting a food drive during business hours.