Two Bills Heard In Committee To Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers

BISMARCK, N.D. (KEYZ) – Two bills are being heard in North Dakota legislative committees that would limit when the governor can use emergency powers.

The bills would allow the governor to declare a state of emergency for only 30 days before having to request month-long extensions from the legislature.  The governor would also not be able to declare an emergency for the same situation.  A special session would be required to distribute funds to respond to an emergency. 

Governor Doug Burgum’s office is proposing a 180-day limit to an initial declaration and 90-day extensions if approved by special session.

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