Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, testified in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee on his emergency powers reform bill, House Bill 1772, on Monday, Jan. 31.
Corry’s bill would allow the governor to act quickly during an emergency, but limit that extraordinary executive authority to 60 days. If more time is needed, the Legislature could add on another 60 days, and it could do that as many times as it wants.
The 14th District lawmaker has received widespread support for his bill. During the public hearing, 5,405 constituents from across the state registered in favor of House Bill 1772. Only 118 registered their opposition.
During committee testimony, Corry noted that during the pandemic it has become very clear Washington state is lacking in the necessary checks and balances and legislative oversight it needs during a long-lasting state of emergency.
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