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

January 12, 2021 I By DANIEL DEW

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, what has happened over the past year sets a terrible precedent: that an individual governor or mayor can wield unfettered power indefinitely simply by declaring an emergency.

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