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The Indiana General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of a bill limiting the executive’s power, joining lawmakers in eight states who have signed laws limiting the power of the governor during a time of emergency.

Legislative Headlines, Week of April 19, 2021

By Gene Rose | April 23, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

First Branch News is NCSL’s weekly roundup of legislative headlines from news sources across the country and throughout the territories.

Indiana and Idaho overrode vetoes in fights over their governors’ emergency powers. Oregon and Montana stopped in-person sessions while Delaware went back in. And the Missouri House expelled a member for the first time since the Civil War.  

Authority of Legislatures  

The Indiana General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of a bill limiting the executive’s power. Fights over governors’ emergency powers continued in Idaho and Washington, with Idaho overriding a veto of an emergency powers bill. Alaska lawmakers are demanding to have a say in how the state spends its portion of the new federal aid package. The Idaho House and Senate approved a bill that will ask voters to give the legislature the authority to call itself into special session. The Arkansas Senate moved a similar bill this week. Voters in Pennsylvania will vote on whether to give more disaster declaration control to the legislature.  

Legislative Operations

The Oregon House cancelled sessions for the third time this year after a person with access to the chamber tested positive for COVID, though Republicans and Democrats agreed on procedures to avoid slowdowns. Illinois House members on both sides of the aisle are supporting a term limits bill for members. The Montana Legislature switched to remote sessions after a positive COVID test result of a nonmember. Delaware lawmakers are returning to in-person sessions. And the North Dakota Legislative Assembly could adjourn next week.  

Legislators and Staff in the News

After 25 years of service, Oregon Senator Ginny Burdick (D) will leave the chamber this fall. Pennsylvania Representative John Lawrence (R) will fill in for House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R), who is quarantining. The Missouri House expelled a member for the first time since the Civil War. Florida Senator Lauren Book (D) has been selected to lead that chamber’s Democrats. New Jersey Assembly Minority Whip Nicholas Chiaravalloti is dropping his bid for reelection after three terms.  

Below: Bill Boyd (R) was sworn into the New Hampshire House of Representatives this week:

 

This Week From NCSL’s State Legislatures News

Articles from news sources curated in First Branch News are provided for information purposes only and do not reflect NCSL views.

Gene Rose is NCSL’s communications director.

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