The Michigan Supreme Court ruling means Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must seek legislative approval before extending her emergency executive powers related to COVID-19.
The governor doubled down on a policy that goes against recommendations from the state’s leading nursing home association.
Whitmer is expected to veto the bill, which now sits on her desk.
The bill, which passed without opposition, would protect state employees who expose misconduct in government.
"We still don’t know how many paid the ultimate price because of these policies”, Sen. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said before voting.
One Democratic lawmaker called Whitmer's nursing home policy the "most idiotic thing we could come up with.”
Detroit Democrat Leslie Love said the move is “not a good idea.”
The state should not politicize efforts to trace the spread of the virus.
The state of Michigan has announced trucks hauling supplies for coronavirus relief are exempt from seasonal weight restrictions.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unilaterally moved to borrow $3.5 billion for her road plan in January. State senators just voted to limit that power.