GOP Senator Seeks Bill Curbing Governor’s Emergency Powers
Saying the legislature has 'been on the sidelines," A Vancouver State Senator plans to introduce a bill that would include the legislature in any future Governor's edits, plans and powers.
Lynda Wilson released a statement that read in part:
“As the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the health and well-being of men, women and children across our state over the past ten months, constituents from every region are wondering why the Legislature has remained on the sidelines."
No specific language or details were released, but State GOP officials and Wilson's office confirmed she has prefiled legislation that would require a much greater input from the legislature when it comes to Inslee's or any future Governor's emergency powers.
Wilson summed up her proposed bill this way:
“This legislation would simply include lawmakers in the decision-making process and ensure that voices from across our state are heard. As the governor announces another extension of his stay-home order today, it shows why we must enact these protections now.”
She is now the second GOP Senator, and third GOP legislative member to formally announce legislation that will be introduced Jan. 11 seeking to curb the Governor's powers.