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Whitmer vetoes bill to exempt graduations from COVID crowd limits

Gretchen Whitmer
Posted at 6:22 AM, Jun 04, 2021

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have exempted high school graduation ceremonies from COVID-19 restrictions on crowd sizes, calling it “half-baked and punchless.”

Thursday's veto came two days after her administration’s order was loosened to end outdoor capacity limits and cap indoor gatherings at 50% occupancy.

Whitmer also vetoed a bill that would have prohibited a governor from issuing an emergency order extending response times for public-records requests or otherwise limiting a public body’s duties under the Freedom of Information Act.

She did so for two months early in the pandemic.