Washington Senate OK’s Bill On Governor’s Emergency Powers
February 16, 2022 10:18AM PST
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The Washington Senate has approved a measure that authorizes legislative leaders to terminate a governor’s state of emergency after 90 days if the Legislature is not in session.
The vote comes nearly two years after Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Legislature has no authority to terminate a declared state of emergency, but the four legislative leaders are able to stop some emergency orders by the governor, things like waiving rules on in-person public records reviews.
The bill heads to the House for consideration.