LANSING, Mich. – The standoff in Lansing continued Thursday as Michigan legislators refused Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to extend her coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency.
This comes after Whitmer refused to negotiate a quicker timeline for reopening the state.
Meanwhile, a day-long protest took place outside in driving rain. When it moved inside, the rally got even louder.
UPDATE -- April 30, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 41,379; Death toll now at 3,789
The House finished its business and left earlier Thursday afternoon, but the Senate is still working.
A crowd of several hundred protesters parked outside the second-floor House chambers, demanding loudly to be allowed inside. But the gallery is on the third floor, and for social distancing reasons, it’s closed to the public. Protesters stood in place long after the session ended.
When the House got down to business, it wanted to send some messages to Whitmer.