Radio report: Corry bill seeks to rein in governor’s emergency powers after 60 days, add legislative involvement

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Olympia to reform the governor's emergency powers. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

SATTGAST: Washington is one of only four states in the nation that hands over unilateral authority to the governor to declare and maintain a state of emergency. The state's pandemic emergency was first declared by Governor Jay Inslee on February 29th, 2020.

Representative Chris Corry of Yakima says nearly two years under the governor's full control of the state is enough. House Bill 1772 would give the Legislature more of a voice during extended emergencies.

CORRY: “It really is a balancing act that says, 'hey, we as a Legislature have a say in what goes on with these emergency powers as a group,' And it does it in a way that will allow the people to have their voices heard in emergencies going forward.”

SATTGAST: Under Corry's bill, states of emergency longer than 60 days would require legislative involvement.

John Sattgast, the state Capitol.


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