State board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has unanimously ordered the state elections board to certify a veto-proof initiative that would let Republican legislators wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders.

The decision came after two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers opposed ratifying the ballot measure in April, despite a finding from the elections bureau that enough signatures had been collected.

The justices said the four-member panel “has a clear legal duty to certify the petition.”

The canvassers are expected to meet soon to certify the petition.

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