Skip to comments.Initiative-1114: The 14 day Emergency Powers Act [Washington State]
Posted on 08/04/2020 2:09:14 PM PDT by redfog
For months now, through constant COVID-19 Emergency Proclamations, Governor Inslee has abused the powers "We the People" gave him in the existing Emergency Powers Act
He has refused to revoke Proclamations once the emergency it was based on has passed. He has changed the goals of his Proclamations, ensuring they can continue indefinitely. He has favored his preferred businesses over those he dislikes through his definitions of essential business
He has refused to call the Legislature into session so that all representatives have a voice in the states emergency response. He has hired thousands of new state inspectors, and sent them to harass businesses, and fine them out of existence. He has forbidden church worship. He has forbidden protest against his Proclamations, yet he has allowed and encouraged other protest.
In all this, he has acted arbitrarily, and brooked no advice or dissent. Government by executive Proclamation is contrary to American values.
We must Restore the Balance of Power to "We the People." We therefore introduce I-1114.
I-1114 limits emergency Proclamations issued by the Governor to no longer than 14 days unless extended by a vote of the Legislature. The Legislature may not extend a proclamation through mere letters from leadership, but must vote. No individual extension may exceed fourteen days.
The Legislature may pass subsequent resolutions of extension, so that the whole of government must concur in the ongoing existence of an emergency Proclamation. Violation of emergency orders would be reduced to a misdemeanor from a gross misdemeanor.
(Excerpt) Read more at restorewashington.org ...
Check out the website and consider signing Initiative I-1114 if you are a registered Washington State voter.
Unfortunately it's too late to get this on the November ballot.
Not sure about WA, but OR needs to get ahead of these emergency declarations by requiring that the nature of the emergency be stated in the declaration. Limitations on duration would certainly be helpful, though.
Reads like 1776 written for 2020
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