New Bill Would Allow Governor to Call National Guard for Extra Circumstances
A bill headed to the governor’s desk would allow the governor to call members of the National Guard for additional purposes than those currently allowed by low.
Under current statute, the Governor of Michigan is the commander in chief of the organized militia of Michigan, the National Guard, and may order the Guard to activate for disaster response or in case of emergency.
Riots and threats of terrorism can currently cause activation of the National Guard, as can times of imminent public danger, disaster crisis or catastrophe.
But the new bill seeking to amend the Michigan Military Act would allow the governor to order the National Guard to active service in times not currently listed in the Act. In these extra circumstances, the bill states the National Guard members would not have any police powers or arrest authority.
The bill’s intent is to allow the activation of the National Guard for special duties, such as serving at the gubernatorial inauguration or the Mackinac Bridge Walk.