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Bill filed to terminate Gov. Polis’ authority under COVID-19 emergency declaration

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DENVER (KRDO) -- One of the numerous bills filed Monday during the Colorado General Assembly's special session to address coronavirus relief actually takes aim at the steps Gov. Jared Polis took without the legislature, as several Republicans seek to strip the governor of his authority granted under the state's current emergency disaster declaration.

The bill, SJR20B-001, was filed by state Sen. Rob Woodward (R) and state Rep. Rod Bockenfield (R), and it aims to terminate the authority given to Polis under Executive Order D 2020 003, which was issued on March 11 and established the state of disaster emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill outlines the legislators' thoughts of executive overreach, pointing to at least "224 additional executive orders" that have "had far-reaching effects on the people of Colorado," including the stay-at-home orders that took effect earlier this year and various restrictions that have reduced capacities at businesses in the state.

Also at issue is the more than $1.6 billion that Colorado received from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. The legislators say that because Gov. Polis office disbursed the money and also suspended state statutes for tax collection, he "exercised legislative power and the authority to appropriate money that is historically reserved to the General Assembly."

Several other points of contention are brought up through the rest of the bill, including the state's unemployment rate, executive orders to suspend in-person instruction at schools, and concerns about the state's budget.

The representatives write that they don't intend to minimize "the health and economic crises facing Colorado," but added that "it is time for the legislature to reassume its role."

With a Democratic majority in both chambers of the assembly, however, the bill faces an uphill battle.

We've reached out to the governor's office for comment, and we'll update this article when more information is available.

UPDATE: The bill failed to advance in the state Senate.

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Andrew McMillan

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  1. “The representatives write that they don’t intend to minimize “the health and economic crises facing Colorado,” but added that “it is time for the legislature to reassume its role.”.”
    That is the way it is supposed to be. There is no need for the emergency powers now.

    1. If the representatives had ever shown they owned the problem, there would never have been a need for an emergency declaration.

  2. Holiday travel was down 10%. That means 90% did not listen to the request made by the Governor. Perfect example why the force of law needs to be applied. You can’t get people to do the right thing voluntarily. A close relative was admitted to the Hospital this past week (non-covid related) and I can’t even go to visit them because the Hospitals have restrictions in place for 1 person visit per 24 hours. Do you idiots think Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses and every other county in the world is in on this conspiracy? Why do I even ask. The Mafia, no wait, the FBI, or perhaps the little green Martians are conspiring to steal your election and covid is just the cover up to aid in that theft.

    1. Shut up. You whiny sucking baby. Do the world a favor and pull your lip over your head you absolute dense crybaby.

    2. Force of Law….?… Technically there is no “Law” right now to be applied.
      What you speak of is martial law.
      The survival rate is 99.95% now and soon a vaccine. The cure can’t be worse than the problem. For a majority of people right now the cure is worse than the problem because they are losing everything and they can’t do anything about it. 85%+ of the population cant afford to stay home for extended period of time getting no paycheck or unemployment. Is that a conspiracy? Nope that is just facts.

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