State Lawmakers Across America Push to Curb Governors’ Virus Emergency Powers

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers uses mask order to keep $50-million/mo. in federal funds. Wiki
State lawmakers around the US are moving to curb the authority of governors and top health officials to impose emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business shutdowns. Legislators in Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania are seeking a constitutional amendment to strip their governors of many emergency powers. Lawmakers in more than half the states have filed bills this year to limit gubernatorial powers during the pandemic and other emergencies.

On February 4, Wisconsin’s Republican-led Assembly voted to repeal Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ emergency health order mandating masks in public places. One hour later, the governor responded by issuing a new mask mandate. He said that repealing his first mandate put at risk about $50-million a month in federal funds. A Republican challenge to the mandate is being heard in the state Supreme Court. [Here was just a small peek at what really is driving so many governors to issue mask mandates. It’s money from Washington and lots of it.] -GEG

Irritated by the sweeping use of executive orders during the COVID-19 crisis, state lawmakers around the U.S. are moving to curb the authority of governors and top health officials to impose emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business shutdowns.

The push is underway in such states as Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania, where legislators are seeking a constitutional amendment to strip the governor of many of his emergency powers.

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Wayne Langerholc said the amendment would “make it unequivocally clear that our General Assembly is a co-equal branch … that we are not a monarchy and that our voices matter.”

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and some of his counterparts around the country have argued that they need authority to act quickly and decisively against the fast-changing threat.

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Tom Ball
Tom Ball
3 months ago

The purpose of a ginned up national “emergency” is to by-pass legal restrictions on dictatorial power. All the little despots need is to convince the public of the necessity in allowing it. And to achieve public compliance all they need is to establish plausible doubt and ensure the public itself will do the bulk of enforcement via shaming, ostracism, and intimidation. So far they have accomplished all of these. expanded abilities of law enforcement to surveil, including by tapping domestic and international phones; eased interagency communication to allow federal agencies to more effectively use all available resources in counterterrorism… Read more »

3 months ago

All state governors belong to the National Governors Association and Andrew Cuomo is the NGA leader.

Ask yourself why no news outlet ever mentions the NGA or Cuomo who may be manipulating other governors. Why is he NGA leader?

Ask yourself why no state governor ever mentions their participation in the NGA, or for that matter, ever quits the NGA.