UPDATED 9:37 AM PT – Thursday, June 3, 2021
A new bill in Michigan is stirring controversy. The legislation, which requires the governor to give notice when they leave the state, passed in a Senate vote Wednesday.
The bill was introduced following Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s trip to Florida in March, which she took right after telling her residents not to leave the state. Additionally, some have argued funding for her trip through a nonprofit organization violated federal tax laws.
The bill’s primary sponsor, Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett, said the measure was simply a means to ensure knowing who is acting in the role of governor if necessary, which apparently confused Democrats.
“What’s your real reason for wanting to know the whereabouts of the governor and wanting to be notified when the governor is away?” asked Democrat state Sen. Erika Geiss. “Nobody had this issue two terms ago.”
Gretchen Whitmer still owes Michigan answers:
How long was your trip to Florida?
Whose private jet did you take?
Why are you above your own draconian orders?
Where is the nursing home data you are hiding?
Michigan is sick of her lies and hypocrisy.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 30, 2021
In the event the state House passes the bill, it would still have to be signed by Gov. Whitmer herself.