After the onset of COVID-19, most states enforced some combination of lockdowns and mask mandates — all of which were driven by governors’ emergency powers.
Some chief executives — such as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who said that “we will never do any of these lockdowns again” — reversed their executive orders in the summer of 2020. Many Republican governors — such as Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Asa Hutchinson (R-AK) — have dropped their state’s mask mandates in the past several weeks.
Then there are some state lawmakers who are refusing to wait for their governors to end mask mandates and lockdowns. Here are five state legislatures who have had enough of their governors’ abuse of emergency powers.
North Carolina’s State House passed the Emergency Powers Accountability Act — a bill which would limit the emergency powers of Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) and other members of the executive branch — on March 31.
According to the legislation, the governor will need consensus