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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Emergency powers should be curtailed


February 24, 2022

It’s been three weeks since I testified in writing on Senate Bill 5909 before a state Senate committee Jan. 28.

At that time, my testimony facetiously pointed out the measure that purportedly would limit gubernatorial powers was a “step in the right direction” that accomplished nothing.

Nothing has changed since that testimony.

Proponents tell us the bill would make it possible for the legislative leadership — the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate — to end a governor’s emergency order after 90 days if the Legislature is not in session. But they don’t tell...

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