Michigan Senate and House vote to extend state's emergency declaration by 23 days

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 13:20:48-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Michigan Senate voted to extend the state's emergency declaration by 23 days on Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, the Michigan House also voted to approve the resolution.

The Senate rejected an amendment for a 70-day resolution. This would have granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer greater executive authority during this crisis.

The extension means the emergency declaration will expire on April 30.

Some lawmakers said they wouldn't attend the session out of concern for their safety.

House Speaker Lee Chatfield sent a memo to legislators detailing health protocols in place during the meeting, including a three-hour check-in and screening.