Idaho Governor Brad Little says he will reject two legislation passed by Congress that limits the governor’s emergency powers.
On Friday’s broadcast, Little called the bill “irresponsible,” with the support of former Governor US Senator Jim Risch, Butch Otter, Phil Batt, and Dirk Kempthorne. He said they would jeopardize the public safety of future generations and hinder the governor’s ability to respond quickly to catastrophes.
He said the bill would add “more bureaucracy and government bureaucracy” to decisions that should be made quickly. According to Little, many stakeholders, including emergency managers and regional jurisdictions, felt that legislators approved these bills and were ignored throughout the process.
“To be honest, these bills are an emotional and kneeling reaction because of the pandemic of last year’s very uncertain times and the anger at my decision,” Little said.
He defended his limits early in the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the bill, the Governor of Idaho can still declare a disaster. However, if the disaster lasts for more than 60 days, he will need to convene Congress to approve the extension of the emergency. The Governor may extend the Declaration beyond 60 days solely for the purpose of seeking federal funding.
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the bills (House Bill 135 and Senate Bill 1136) with a majority of more than two-thirds, with sufficient support to veto the veto. But Little urged state legislators to reconsider their vote. He was concerned and urged the general public to call their representatives.
“We will continue to work for the people of Aidaho,” House Republican leaders said in a joint statement. State laws were stress-tested during the pandemic, they said, and need to be amended.
“This is just a system update, not a commentary on the work done by elected civil servants,” said R-Hammet, Congressman Megan Blanksma. “I still believe that this law is important for the proper balance of administrative and legislative power in Idaho. It’s a shame that the current governor seems to take this issue personally. is.”
House minority leader Yilana Rubel, D-Boise, upheld the governor’s decision.
“In an emergency, our speed of response is a matter of life and death of Aida Juan,” Rubel said in a statement. “It is important that our government can act quickly and effectively. This is because our legislature does not accurately model this session.”
Otters, who stood alongside Little on telecast, said the bill threatened Aidaho’s response to future disasters.
In distant testimony, Kempson also said he opposed the measures and the Idaho Constitution, which empowers the governor to respond to emergencies.
“When they happen, and when they happen, someone needs to take action and make difficult decisions,” Kempson said. “And it is the governor who needs to do that in our constitution.”
They rarely criticized the legislators for leaving their basic mission. “I took the backseat to fringe the topic,” he said. He said elected officials should work together to “heal and move forward” the nation.
The senator resigned until Monday because the senator was late in approving the state budget.
“Angry dominated the dialogue, which affected the actual work people sent here,” Little said on Friday. “Angry is the wrong reaction in these difficult times …. It’s time to get back on track. The people of Idaho deserve to do their best.”
Rubel also said he hopes Little will reject a bill that would make it much harder to vote for citizen-led initiatives.
“But in addition to protecting administrative powers, I hope Governor Little protects the powers of those he serves by rejecting SB1110, a bill that effectively eradicates the rights of citizens’ voting initiatives. “She said.