Delaware lawmakers introduce bill to restrict governor’s emergency powers

DOVER, Del. – In Delaware,  state lawmakers are looking to challenge Governor John Carney’s authority when it comes to creating emergency orders. On Friday,  Republican Senator Bryant Richardson and Republican Representative Richard Collins,  introduced House Bill 330. If passed, the bill would change law to limit the Governor’s authority to continue a state of emergency. It would also require the Governor to get the approval of the General Assembly before extending a state of emergency.

“It is time to get the elected representatives and senators that the people put into place, so that they have a voice, to let the people once again have a voice in our government,” said Representative Collins (R-District 41).

Right now the General Assembly is not in session because of the coronavirus pandemic, So if they don’t reconvene, lawmakers say they will re-introduce the bill next January.

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