Senate Bill to Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers Stalls in House
Senate Bill 5909 to limit the governor's emergency powers is lingering in the House of Representatives. The bill will need to advance by 5 p.m. today to meet the opposite house of origin cutoff.
"The bill that came to us is very, very weak," said 12th District Representative Mike Steele. "It doesn't really limit the emergency powers of the governor, it's a nod to limiting emergency powers and doesn't give the legislature the authority we're after."
According to Rep. Steele, lawmakers are pushing for the legislature to take vote on the continuation of emergency powers after 30-60 days.
"We would be able to weigh in and have some real say. The representatives and senators elected to serve on the legislature are closest to the people," said Steele. "We need to be able to have a say in what happens in the state."
The House of Representatives produced a bill that was designed to curtail the governor's powers, but didn't make it through the legislative session.