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1/28/2022 Sen. Rogers reintroduces bill to restrict executive overreach

STATE HOUSE, Providence – Senator Gordon E. Rogers, (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich), has again introduced legislation that would limit the governor to one 30-day renewal of a declaration of emergency without a joint resolution of the General Assembly.

“Enough is enough. The governor has been running the state almost exclusively by executive order without any legislative oversight. Our constituents elected us to represent them, not to allow the governor to unilaterally impose orders without input,” Rogers said. “The public health emergency that we have been living through for two years now has illustrated that the law as it’s currently written gives the governor far too much power in declared states of emergency,” Rogers said.

The legislature is meant to serve as a check on the executive branch, which has not been happening, Rogers said.

Senate bill (2021-S 2110) is cosponsored by the four other members of the Senate Republican caucus and 21 more senators. There have been more than 130 executive orders issued or renewed since the initial declaration of disaster on March 9, 2020.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

For more information, contact:
Katie Haughey Cardoza, Senate Minority Office
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2708