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Assembly GOP looking to limit governor's authority in emergencies

May 27, 2020 2:15 pm
Amanda Fries is reporting for Capitol Confidential Assembly Republicans are looking to limit a governor's sweeping authority and shift that power to local leaders when responding to future emergencies. The Assembly Minority May 27, announced a measure that would restore legislative checks and balances for emergency declarations lasting longer than 45 day. The legislation would also insure there is a judicial process available for any action taken that affect the constitutional rights of New Yorkers. “Undoubtedly, there will be times when immediate, direct action is needed from the executive,” said Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay in a news release. “However, ‘state of emergency’ doesn’t equate to ‘authoritarian rule.’ In any situation, a balanced, measured approach is necessary and the full complement of government must be levied. This bill ensures just that, and that every voice in New York is heard during times of crisis.” Legislators on both sides of the aisle have called for a reconvening session amid the public health crisis to ensure a check on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s authority. Lawmakers will convene this week to take up various bills focused on responding to the COVID-19 crisis, which could mean movement on the Assembly Minority’s legislation. If it were to pass both houses, the legislation would take effect in 30 days. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.