No Changes On Horizon To Limit Gov. Inslee’s Emergency Powers
The 2023 Washington Legislature will be the 4th consecutive session with no emergency powers reforms to emerge. A pair of bills that sought to give the legislature some oversight over the governor’s emergency powers did not receive as much as a public hearing and are likely dead this session. .
The bi-partisan sponsored SB 5063 proposed several options for the legislature or House and Senate leaders to terminate or extend emergency declarations during or outside of when the legislature was meeting. Read more details at The Center Square
The GOP sponsored HB 1535 limited state of emergencies issued by the Governor to 60 day limits unless lawmakers voted to extend them. The bill also gave the legislature the ability to end specific restrictions placed by the Governor.