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Author: Daniel Dew

June 22, 2021

The Detroit News: Michigan can learn from emergency powers battles in other states

The pandemic is subsiding in America. Masks are coming off. People are gathering. There is light at the end of the tunnel. But in a few states, governors are still fighting tooth and nail to keep their emergency powers. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is suing his own state Legislature after it passed laws that put ...

June 02, 2021

As the world opens back up, emergency powers reform still matters

As the country continues to re-open after more than a year of living under COVID emergency orders, it may be tempting to ignore further calls to restrict executive overreach. But we must be vigilant in upholding our system of checks and balances before the next national crisis comes our way. Many will chalk up the ...

April 05, 2021

State legislatures should be reining in executive emergency powers

Co-authored by Nick Murray from Maine Policy Institute. This month marks the one-year anniversary of when states and the federal government first declared states of emergency over the spread of COVID-19. Much has changed since then in how we understand the virus, as well as the effects of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, school closures, and "non-es ...

March 16, 2021

New York Times confuses legislative check on unilateral power with partisan warfare

Although pandemics and crises are common throughout history, the "unprecedented" factor of the past year has been authoritarian restrictions on daily life and gubernatorial abuses of power. Consequently, it's perplexing that unilateral restrictions on dining, walking outside, school closures, and family gatherings pass as reasonable, but the urge t ...

March 05, 2021

Deseret News: Reining in executive power is in Utah’s best interest

Utah is consistently rated as one of the freest states in the nation. But even in the Beehive State, the government response to COVID-19 has been a harsh reminder how quickly that can change if there are no limits on the executive. Over the past year the governor and local officials ordered businesses to close ...

February 25, 2021

Jefferson City News Tribune: The Missouri Legislature should heed the cries of its constituents and rein in emergency powers

Small business owners from all over Missouri came to a small hearing room in Jefferson City to pour out their hearts and plead legislators for relief from government overreach in its response to COVID-19. These business owners weren't asking for a handout. They weren't arguing against mask mandates or claiming COVID-19 is a hoax. These ...

February 11, 2021

Kentucky governor strikes back against legislature’s attempt to rein in his use of emergency powers

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, governors across the country have been using their emergency powers to enact laws they believed would mitigate the spread of the virus. Last March, this made sense. We had very little information about the virus and its implications. But as we approach the year mark of this crisis, ...

January 12, 2021

The Hill: Enough is enough: It’s past time to rein in governors’ emergency powers

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic almost a year ago, governors and mayors have been governing unilaterally under the guise of emergency powers, and state legislatures and courts have delayed too long in reasserting their constitutional roles. Whether you believe that the government has done too much or too little to deal with COVID-19, ...

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