Legislature OKs letting Governor’s emergency powers expire

The Associated Press - May 23, 2020 12:09 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to Gov. Kevin Stitt under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month. The House adopted the resolution Friday as the Legislature adjourned its 2020 session.

The resolution calls for powers granted to the Governor under the never-before-used Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act to expire on May 30th. The powers include allowing the Governor to temporarily suspend laws and regulations that interfere with the state’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

The House and Senate finished the session by overriding several of Stitt’s vetoes.


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