Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has extended the State of Emergency until July 6th. In response, Oregon State Senator Brain Boquist has issued a letter calling the Legislature to convene for the express purpose of ending the State of Emergency.
This raises the issue of the Legislature’s role in an emergency:
The Washington Policy Center noted these examples from other states:
- Colorado: “The general assembly, by joint resolution, may terminate a state of disaster emergency at any time.”
- Florida: “The Legislature by concurrent resolution may terminate a state of emergency at any time.”
- Maine: “In the event that an order or rule issued by the Governor, pursuant to the powers granted in paragraph B, are to be in effect for longer than 90 days, the Governor shall, before the 80th day following the issuance of the order or rule, convene the Legislature.”
- Texas: “The legislature by law may terminate a state of disaster at any time.”
- Wisconsin: “A state of emergency shall not exceed 60 days, unless the state of emergency is extended by joint resolution of the legislature.”
Right now, the Oregon Legislature has not been officially called to participate or lend their voice in the State of Emergency.
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