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.