Indiana Senate Votes To Curb Governor's Authority
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Indiana Senate Chamber (photo courtesy of State of Indiana)

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Senate voted to approve a proposal that would curb the Governor's authority under the State's Emergency Powers

This follows months of complaints from conservatives about Governor Eric Holcomb's coronavirus related orders.

The bill would establish a new process for the General Assembly to call itself into a 40 day emergency session t consider legislative action in response to a gubernatorial declaration of a statewide emergency.

The measure would limit a governor's authority to impose long-lasting emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business closures. In addition, the proposal would give lawmakers more control over federal economic stimulus funds that Indiana receives.


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