2 Republican state senators introduce bill to put limits on governor’s power

Two Republican state senators are trying to put limits on Gov. Phil Murphy and future governor’s executive orders.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2020, 9:56 PM

Updated 1,427 days ago

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Two Republican state senators are trying to put limits on Gov. Phil Murphy and future governor’s executive orders.
Sens. Michael Doherty and Michael Testa have introduced a bill prohibiting a governor’s executive orders form exceeding 14 days. The Legislature could then approve an extension.
“The governor’s preference to lead via executive order rather than through collaboration with elected legislators has proved to be dangerous and deadly,” Doherty said in a statement. “Our proposal to place limits on executive authority will ensure that the administration is transparent about the continued need for any executive orders that it believes should be extended.”
Some have criticized Murphy’s orders issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey which virtually shut down the state’s economy and urged many New Jerseyans to remain at home. Those orders have been extended for over two months.
Those shutdowns have led to over 1 million New Jerseyans filing for unemployment and caused New Jersey’s jobless rate to spike to over 15%.


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