Jeremy Munson Post on Facebook:
Are you willing to accept a statewide mask mandate in exchange for the Governor softening “some” of his executive orders right before we receive a ruling that could remove his ability to unilaterally write laws?
One of the problems with negotiating anything in exchange for the Governor lifting or loosening executive orders is that unless the emergency powers law is rewritten or overturned, he can simply renew his orders the next day. Furthermore, the emergency powers law is so poorly written, a governor could end the peacetime emergency every 29 days and simply renew it the next, thereby avoiding the requirement to call the legislature back into session to have the opportunity to veto his powers. No governor, Republican or Democrat, should have the unilateral power to write laws indefinitely that restrict our civil liberties without legislative oversight or judicial review.
While Rep. Daudt is not a plaintiff in the case heard yesterday to challenge the Governor’s authority to unilaterally write laws unchecked, many other Republican Representatives and Senators did join the lawsuit. The arguments are strong for why the peacetime emergency law and the expansion of the governor’s powers is unconstitutional. We expect a ruling any day.
If Governor Walz is willing to trade some executive orders for a spending bill, does this mean his orders are about public health or politics?
I would like to hear your thoughts. I would also encourage everyone to share their thoughts on this deal with their legislators.