Governor emergency power challenge cost more than half a million dollars

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature have spent about $542,000 suing Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate and House released the figure to a liberal group, Progress Michigan, last week.

It was the same day the state Supreme Court ruled against the governor in a similar lawsuit to the Legislature’s.

The Whitmer administration has quickly reinstituted a mask requirement and gathering limits under a law that’s not an issue in the legal challenges.

The $542,000 of public money has paid attorneys at Bush Seyferth, a Troy-based law firm.

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