Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers say they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state elections board approved a summary of the petition Monday. It would rescind a 1945 law that the Democratic governor has cited to close businesses, limit gathering sizes and restrict other activities to curb the coronavirus. The group, which has ties to Republicans, needs about 340,000 valid signatures.
DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court says the CEOs of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler don’t have to meet to settle a lawsuit between the two automakers. The court overturned an extraordinary decision by a federal judge in Detroit. The judge had ordered GM’s Mary Barra and FCA’s Mike Manley to get together and settle a dispute over FCA’s alleged role in corruption by union leaders. The appeals court says Judge Paul Borman abused his discretion by singling out Barra and Manley and setting other conditions. GM is suing crosstown rival FCA, alleging that it got an advantage by paying off union leaders to reduce labor costs during contract talks.
LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people spent Independence Day in swimsuits but no masks at a lake in southwestern Michigan. The turnout disappointed authorities who warn that the coronavirus remains a threat. The party occurred Saturday at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis in Cass County. The sheriff’s office said it couldn’t stop the gathering, although officers were at the lake to ticket people for certain offenses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said it was “incredibly disappointing” to see so many people ignoring safe distance guidelines.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A company owned by a Michigan legislative leader and one run by a U.S. Senate candidate each received between $1 million and $2 million from a federal rescue program that was created to preserve jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Jackson-based Orbitform, which was founded by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and builds assembly machines for manufacturers, is among nearly 20,000 recipients in Michigan identified by the Treasury Department Monday. Another is Renaissance Global Logistics of Detroit, whose CEO is John James, the Republican U.S. Senate challenger. The Paycheck Protection Program helps smaller businesses stay open and keep Americans employed.