LANSING, Mich. — After Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield on Wednesday announced a joint legislative lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for failing to comply with existing state law and disregarding the Michigan Constitution, Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement:
“Families in Monroe and Lenawee counties have made tremendous sacrifices during this global pandemic to protect themselves and their communities — and they deserve to have their voice heard on the critical decisions made by their government that affect their lives.
“The people expect their legislators and their governor to work together to protect the public and address the COVID-19 pandemic — and we did work together in early April to legislatively extend the state of emergency declaration through April 30.
“Regrettably, as that extension was set to expire the governor refused to use our constitutional system and work with the Legislature on a responsible solution that addresses the public health crisis and outlines how to safely reopen our state.
“While it’s sad that this is even necessary, I support this lawsuit on behalf of the people to restore our co-equal system of government and defend our state constitution and laws.”