Michigan lawmakers vote to extend emergency declaration in pandemic

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A statue of Gov. Austin Blair is seen outside the Statehouse, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. Work crews are restoring the exterior of the dome's exterior finishes that wasn't completed during the last major restoration completed in 1992. The dome work is expected to last until mid-October and is part of a $6.4 million project that also includes restoration to parts of the building's exterior. All of the work is expected to wrap up sometime in November. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan’s GOP-led Michigan Legislature has extended Democratic Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration to April 30.

That’s an extension of 23 days, instead of adopting the 70-day extension she sought into mid-June.

Michigan has the third most cases of any state in the nation, according to the Detroit News.

GOP leaders said they had to act quickly because the declaration was set to expire Tuesday, but Democrats say it wasn’t going to lapse because a new emergency declaration was included in a declaration she made last week.

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