Tag Archives: emergency powers

SRC On Air: Sen. Brad Hawkins on KPQ Radio in Wenatchee

By tracyellis | Published on April 22, 2021

Sen. Brad Hawkins talks to Kevin Rounce and Kalie Drago on the KPQ Morning Report about an income tax on capital gains, gubernatorial emergency powers, and the state operating budget.

AUDIO: 7th District Legislative Update

By tracyellis | Published on March 12, 2021

Listen to this 7th District Legislative Update with Senator Shelly Short.

Topics: Income tax on capital gains and governor’s emergency powers

 

Surprise! Majority looks to abdicate a basic role of the legislative branch

By ericcampbell | Published on January 13, 2021

I can’t tell you how many people contacted my Senate office during the past nine-plus months about the unprecedented actions Governor Inslee has taken since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them, using words that made their frustration or desperation obvious, asked what legislators could do regarding the dozens of proclamations he’s made since declaring a state of emergency.

We asked our constituents to stand by patiently while we tried month after month to convince the governor to call a special legislative session. Republicans made a strong case that the legislative branch could do much to help with pandemic relief, but as everyone knows by now, Inslee resisted.

No one expected our Democrat colleagues to join in pushing for a special session – not during the many months that Inslee was campaigning for re-election. It eventually became clear Republicans would have to wait for our regular legislative session, when the governor could no longer get in the way.

With 26 of Inslee’s temporary proclamations set to expire in January, Republicans were prepared for the full legislative branch to perform its duty as a check on the executive branch, for the first time during this pandemic.

The majority Democrats had a surprise for us. They’ve proposed Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402, which would bundle those 26 emergency orders and extend them “until the termination of the state of emergency…or until rescinded by gubernatorial or legislative action.” In other words, no more legislative oversight. The majority says it’ll bring the legislation to a vote sometime today.

Considering how the governor’s proclamations affect the entire state, it’s reasonable to conclude Democrat legislators have heard the same frustration and desperation from their constituents as Republican legislators have. I’d have expected they also had some misgivings about being relegated to the sidelines by Governor Inslee.

Assuming SCR 8402 passes as filed, however, it would seem Democrat lawmakers are as willing to relegate themselves to the sidelines as the governor was – even if that means betraying constituents who have waited months for their concerns to be taken to the Capitol.

Or, to continue the “sidelines” theme, the legislative branch finally has possession of the football for the first time in months, yet the majority Democrats have decided to punt on first down and give the ball back to the executive branch.

It makes you wonder what the next 102 days will bring.

— Senate Republican Leader John Braun

House and Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation to revamp governor’s emergency powers

By tracyellis | Published on December 07, 2020

House and Senate Republicans are working on legislation for the 2021 session in January that would revamp the governor’s emergency powers. They’re frustrated Governor Inslee has ignored their repeated requests for a special session to provide input to the coronavirus restrictions and funding for relief during the COVID shutdown. John Sattgast reports.