Sen. Lynda Wilson seeks legislative approval on emergency orders


Wilson served on the governor’s pandemic-related business-recovery task force until it was abruptly disbanded in May, after just five weeks

Sen. Lynda Wilson (17th District) recently offered a statement on legislation she pre-filed requiring all gubernatorial emergency orders to be approved by the legislature after 30 days.

Wilson has been consistent in raising the question of why lawmakers in Olympia have not been allowed to provide input to Gov. Jay Inslee during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Lynda Wilson recently offered a statement on legislation she pre-filed requiring all gubernatorial emergency orders to be approved by the legislature after 30 days. File photo
Sen. Lynda Wilson recently offered a statement on legislation she pre-filed requiring all gubernatorial emergency orders to be approved by the legislature after 30 days. File photo

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the health and well-being of men, women and children across our state over the past ten months, constituents from every region are wondering why the Legislature has remained on the sidelines,’’ Wilson said.

Wilson (R-Vancouver), is Republican leader of the Senate committee on economic development and trade. She also served on the governor’s pandemic-related business-recovery task force until it was abruptly disbanded in May, after just five weeks.

“On February 29, Governor Inslee issued the first emergency order due to coronavirus,’’ Wilson said. “Once an emergency is declared, the governor may issue orders pursuant to it. Under current law, there are two types of orders, one requires legislative consent, the other does not. This bill would require legislative review of all emergency orders.

“This legislation would simply include lawmakers in the decision-making process and ensure that voices from across our state are heard,’’ Wilson added. “As the governor announces another extension of his stay-home order today, it shows why we must enact these protections now.”

To view Wilson’s proposed legislation, go to https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5039&Initiative=false&Year=2021

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