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UPDATE: Michigan House and Senate vote to extend State of Emergency

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 13:41:28-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate met Tuesday morning to decide on whether or not to extend Michigan's State of Emergency.

The Senate voted to extend the State of Emergency through April 30.

The Senate voted by voice, denying Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 70-day emergency declaration, but approved a 23-day extension.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) released the following statement regarding the Senate vote:

“The coronavirus waits for no one, and that’s why Gov. Whitmer must be equipped with the full authority to respond to this pandemic quickly. We tried to extend the state of emergency for the full 70 days as requested, but at the end of the day this shortened timeframe is what was in front of us for a vote. I wish the extension was longer, but we will continue to keep moving forward and doing our jobs just like millions of Americans are being asked to do.”

The resolution moved to the Michigan House of Representatives who also voted to extend the emergency declaration until April 30.

Seventy-eight members showed up to session Tuesday.

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