County officials in several Michigan communities are testing the boundaries of their legal reach in limiting the powers of their local health departments.

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A resolution authored by Emmet County Board of Commissioners Chairman Rich Ginop and submitted to the Health Department of the Northwest Michigan Board of Health would require all government emergency measures related to the pandemic to expire after 28 days. Only a three-quarters vote of the full health board would be able to approve continued implementation of such measures — and then only on a month-to-month basis.

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