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Legislatures move to limit governor powers after pandemic


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For two years, Washington state Republicans have chafed at Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) emergency orders meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, irate over government control they see as going too far.

But as the legislature convened in Olympia, a new push to rein in Inslee’s authority won some unexpected support — from members of Inslee’s own party.

Washington state Sen. Emily Randall (D) has introduced a measure that would give legislative leaders the authority to terminate a state of emergency declared when the legislature is not in session. Another bill backed chiefly by Republicans in the state House, along with state Rep. Mike Chapman (D), would give legislators the right to terminate a state of emergency lasting longer than 60 days.
 

“I have a feeling that the theme of this year’s session is going to be seeking balance,” state House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D) said at an event previewing the legislature’s annual meeting.

Across the nation, legislators are moving to limit the authority of governors who have issued unprecedented orders in the face of a deadly pandemic. Legislators in at least 28 states have introduced bills this year to alter a governor’s authority, or to give themselves more oversight of declared emergencies, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Many of those bills come from Republicans, even in red states.

In Indiana, legislators have advanced a bill making a governor’s executive orders obsolete after 180 days unless the legislature itself approves an extension. 

 

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This sounds promising. Do you think it will happen? Is this the general mood of the people? I hope something like this happens very soon in the UK.

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57 minutes ago, OverSword said:

Pennsylvania voters did that in May 2021.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2021/05/19/pennsylvania-voters-impose-new-limits-on-governors-powers-under-emergency-disaster-declaration/

At first, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court overruled the motion to limit the governor's powers after the state senate passed it. This was in 2020.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/pa-supreme-court-sides-with-gov-wolf-on-emergency-order.html

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Well this would certainly be progress 

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43 minutes ago, ouija ouija said:

This sounds promising. Do you think it will happen? Is this the general mood of the people? I hope something like this happens very soon in the UK.

In Washington there was not much provision set in the states constitution to put a check on the governors emergency powers and I'm not sure there was ever a lengthy statewide emergency before now that indicated that would be needed.  Usually the governor declares more local emergencies from rivers flooding and things like that.  As a matter of fact after a bit of research I don't see our governor declaring an emergency and implementing any special orders in the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic.  I did find where the city of Seattle and the county where it's at took measures.

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About 675,000 Americans died after contracting the Spanish flu a century ago. Nearly 5,000 of them lived in the state of Washington, where strict preventive measures may have helped keep the death toll comparatively low.

In Seattle, Mayor Ole Hanson and Health Commissioner J.S. McBride banned dances and closed theaters, churches and schools. The King County Board of Health banned public assemblies within the county. All ice cream parlors and soda fountains were closed, and stores and offices could operate only between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to prevent crowding on streetcars during the peak rush-hour commute. At the height of the pandemic, persons going out in public, including policemen and elevator operators, were required to wear masks made of six layers of gauze.

 

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You've got to love their idea of strict preventative measures :lol:

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Olympia has been under the thumb of the of the totalitarian left for a while now. It’s not surprising resistance is mounting. 

Part one of a good doc about the Evergreen incident -

 

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