Skip to comments.LA Legislature signs petition ending Gov emergency
Posted on 10/23/2020 8:55:21 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
Louisiana legislature just signed and turned in petition ending the Governors current emergency.
Dang Facebook, cant cut and paste text !
House signs petition ordering Governor to end the public health emergency
Baton Rouge / louisianaradionetwork.com
Oct 23, 2020 2:49 PM
House signs petition ordering Governor to end the public health emergency
Kai Hendry / CC
House Republicans sign a legislative petition ordering the Governor to end the public health emergency and suspending the Governors ability to issue new orders for a week, triggering a likely court battle.
House Republican Caucus Chair Blake Miguez says members preferred to handle concerns about COVID restrictions with legislation, but his veto threats left them no other choice.
Eight months later in a pandemic having one person controlling and making all the decisions was not something that the Legislature felt comfortable with, said Miguez. He says his constituents demanded action on the limitations We want a voice in this process, our constituents are asking that we have a voice.
Only one bill limiting Governor Edwards unilateral public health authority passed and Edwards has all but confirmed he will veto it. The bill would have allowed, on a majority vote in the House and Senate, for certain portions of his public health orders to be struck down.
House Democrats blasted the petition. Chair Sam Jenkins spoke on the House floor saying those that deny the reality of COVID need to go back to their district and talk to some COVID victims.
If you have not seen someone who was sick, I mean critically sick to the point where they had to be hospitalized, if you have not talked to a family that has lost someone to COVID then maybe that reality has not set in for you, said Jenkins who added Our Governor never shut down the state of Louisiana, it was a virus that shut down the state of Louisiana, and A petition is not a cure.
Governor Edwards has described the petition as reckless and irresponsible for public health and says its adoption would jeopardize federal emergency funding. He is likely to challenge the petition in court, but Attorney General Jeff Landry has advised the House GOP Caucus that the petition should hold up and he is prepared to defend it.
The petition began circulating over the summer amongst the Houses more conservative members but failed to gain enough signatures then.
I found this, but, it’s from Tuesday...not today...
Bill to curb coronavirus rules is narrowly approved. Next stop? The Louisiana governor.
The Louisiana Legislature on Tuesday night narrowly gave final approval to legislation giving state lawmakers new ways to end key parts of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The House approved the measure on a near party-line vote 54-30, one more than the minimum votes needed. Earlier in the day the Senate endorsed it 23-13, also along party lines. House Bill 4 now goes to the governor.
Giving lawmakers a bigger say in emergency proclamations during the pandemic is a major topic during the special session, which has to end on Oct. 27 by 6 p.m. and was called by Republican leaders.
“We wanted the Legislature to have a seat at the table,” said House GOP leader Blake Miguez of Erath, who handled the bill on the House floor. “And we wanted the people to have a voice in this process. That is what this bill does.”
Whether HB4 can avoid a veto is unclear.
Democratic Gov. Edwards repeatedly has voiced skepticism about legislative efforts to curb his powers, and has said he has no intention of surrendering that authority.
The governor has also said his restrictions on businesses, restaurants and other activities are aimed at striking a balance between controlling the pandemic and allowing personal freedoms.
All 54 “yes” votes were cast by Republicans, who control the House.
The lone “no” votes cast by GOP House members came from Reps. Barry Ivey, of Central, and Joseph Stagni, of Kenner.
The bill also drew only Republican support in the Senate.,
The lone “no” votes by Republicans were cast by Sens. Ronnie Johns, of Lake Charles, and Louis Bernard, of Natchitoches.
The new rules would come into play after a governor’s public health proclamation has been in effect for 30 days and is subject to renewal.
At that point, House and Senate leaders could initiate a vote of both chambers and, by majority vote, legislators could conclude that the governor had exceeded his authority and that parts of the order should be nullified.
Miguez said the legislation would also preserve the ability of either chamber, by majority vote, to end the entire public health emergency, which is current law.
Some House members disputed that point.
Ivey criticized the proposal.
The Republican Ivey told the House that the special session is a chance for lawmakers to clarify how public health emergency rules work, but HB4 fails to do that.
“We can do better than this, our constituents deserve better than this,” Ivey said. “Let’s take the time and get it right.”
Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Albany, disagreed.
Mack said that, while more time to review the measure would be nice, “that is not the boat we are in.”
He said the legislation is better than a similar proposal Senate Bill 29 sponsored by Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, that earlier appeared to be the most likely vehicle to address public health emergencies. Though approved in both chambers, negotiations over sterner changes made in the Louisiana House had stalled a final vote.
“It is a step in the right direction,” Mack said.
HB4 is sponsored by Rep. Mark Wright, R-Covington.
Miguez handled it on the House floor because Wright was away.
The House had earlier approved a different version of the legislation.
The vote Tuesday was to go along with changes made to the bill in the Senate moments before HB4 returned to the House. House and Senate leaders were intent on getting a final vote on the legislation before leaving for the evening.
Miguez has been one of the most outspoken advocates of efforts to curb Edwards’ powers over the pandemic.
“It has been seven months since this emergency declaration has been going on,” he said in closing comments moments before the vote.....
I have pictures of the signed petition.
Is this Veto proof, now? As the final petition?
I hope so, for LAs sake!!
Fox has it now.
La. lawmakers sign petition to end COVID-19 restrictions; Gov. Edwards calls move reckless, irresponsible, and unconscionable
Well, it is weird. By law, petition is final.
Question is, will the Gov obey or fight it in court.
He cant issue a new emergency for seven days ,after he issues his proclamation recinding the emergency.
Eight months later in a pandemic having one person controlling and making all the decisions was not something that the Legislature felt comfortable with, said Miguez.
That abuse should also be a federal matter since the US constitution give the feds the responsibility to ensure that the states have a representative form of government. Current these governors have made themselves dictators.
Gov just sued.
It would be nice if the legislature had the votes to impeach him.
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