Bill that would limit Gov. Murphy’s emergency powers gains Democratic support
A bill that would limit Gov. Phil Murphy's emergency powers now has some Democratic support.
Republican state Sen. Declan O'Scanlon wants all state of emergencies to automatically expire after 60 days unless lawmakers move to extend them.
Democratic State Sen. Vin Gopal and O'Scanlon represent parts of Monmouth County.
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The bill would also allow lawmakers to end emergencies by a two-thirds vote in the Legislature. Currently, the governor can declare a state of emergency indefinitely.
Public health emergencies, such as the one the governor issued last month, expire after 30 days.