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Gov. Newsom Vetoes Bill to Limit his Emergency Powers

‘This was his opportunity to show Californians that he recognizes the power of his office and respects its limits’

By Katy Grimes, September 28, 2022 12:42 pm

California Governor Gavin Newsom just vetoed a bill which would have limited a governor’s (his) emergency powers during a state of emergency, to the specific issues of the emergency, and specifies that the Governor may only suspend a statute or regulation during a state of emergency in connection with the specific conditions of that emergency.

The purpose behind the bill is to clarify the broad ambiguities of the Governor’s authorized powers and ensure that these powers are limited and focused, according to the bill’s author Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta).

After more than two and a half years of emergency powers – more than 900 days – ostensibly for the Covid pandemic, Gov. Newsom’s veto of AB 1687 appears self-serving.

Assembly Bill 1687 provides that the California Governor may only suspend a statute or regulation during a state of emergency in connection with the specific conditions of a proclaimed state of emergency.

Even more important, AB 1687 was passed on bipartisan votes by legislative committees and both houses of the California Legislature.

In his veto of AB 1687, Gov. Newsom said, “Additional redundant layers of justification, as required by this bill, would only invite frivolous lawsuits. This could delay or derail state emergency response and recovery efforts, negatively impacting the most vulnerable California residents and potentially costing lives.”

There is no redundancy. California is part of a minority of states that give the Governor limitless power. Under current law, the Governor can declare a state of emergency for an oil spill in Los Angeles and suspend housing building permits in Shasta City. Redundancy is non existent and even if it was true, redundancy of law doesn’t cost time or lives… it just clarifies at best.

The Legislature frequently passes “redundant” bills to clarify the law, or restate the law, to make sure the law has no room for loose interpretation and is followed.

Assemblyman Seyarto’s office did a national review of states, and found that California is one of only nine states that does not limit the Governor’s powers to emergency response. “Nationally, more than 300 bills in 47 states have been proposed to refine a governor’s power to declare and respond to an emergency, with 12 states enacting new laws to give legislators, the representatives of the people, more control over the duration of an official emergency declaration, oversight of federal emergency aid, and the ability to call the legislature into session in an emergency.”

Newsom’s veto says the bill will “invite frivolous lawsuits” and  could “potentially cost lives,” claiming emergency response could be delayed or derailed. If this is true, then how the the bill make it through both houses of the Legislature?

“I am not surprised by the Governor’s decision to veto this bill, but I am disappointed,” Assemblyman Seyarto said. “This was his opportunity to show Californians that he recognizes the power of his office and respects its limits. AB 1687 would have ensured the accountability and integrity of the use of executive emergency powers and safeguarded them from being misused as a politically expedient tool or as a substitute for the legislative or judicial review process.”

Gov. Newsom not only still holds his March 4, 2020 State of Emergency powers, he issued more than 500 orders, modifying dozens of laws and regulations spanning most divisions of the California codes, Seyarto said. “While most of these executive actions have been rescinded, the effects on education, employment, and the economy are still extensive.”

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22 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Vetoes Bill to Limit his Emergency Powers

      1. I’m not at all sure the mega-majority Dem legislature is exactly thrilled with Newsom. Rumor has it they never have been, for a number of reasons. This might be the final insult from Gov Gav from their perspective. They should override the veto and they might be ticked off enough at this point to actually do it. Let’s hope.

  1. I’ve posted this before, I’m posting it again. Why? To most people Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental illness. To politicians in and from San Francisco, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is their motivation. From the Mayo Clinic –
    Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

    Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
    Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
    Exaggerate achievements and talents
    Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
    Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
    Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
    Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
    Take advantage of others to get what they want
    Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
    Be envious of others and believe others envy them
    Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
    Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

    At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

    Become impatient or angry when they don’t receive special treatment
    Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
    React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
    Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
    Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
    Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
    Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

  2. This is too much. I’ll skip the blather about the unbelievable chutzpah of this joke of a governor, Gavin Newsom, because you’ve heard it before and you know it already. But BOY OH BOY, if I were a member of our mega-majority Dem legislature I would be TICKED OFF and this veto would be the last straw, after I and my fellow legislators have been Emergency Powered and Executive Ordered by Newsom to the point of irrelevance and near-non-existence for more than two-and-a-half years!
    This maddening, flip-everyone-the-bird veto by Newsom, which only benefits NEWSOM and his endless dictatorship, needs to be overridden by the legislature. If the bill passed both houses of the legislature, it can happen and should happen, don’t you think? Make it happen.

    1. Raymond, you’re probably right that the average Dem legislator lacks the guts to take on Newsom because of his pres. aspirations. But on the other hand maybe they know better than anyone how disastrously crash-and-burn an attempted presidential run would be for him.
      Excuse the cliche but I almost want to make popcorn for this one. Imagine! An actual rooting interest for what the mega-majority Dem legislature might do in the face of Newsom declaring himself Tin Pot Dictator Forever, making them irrelevant. Of course it would require them to be more fired up than we’ve seen them be thus far. Guess we’ll see.

  3. As I mentioned in another post – our “Young Global Leader” Governor is continuing to protect his emergency powers that are required to pursue his World Economic Forum/New World Order objectives, and destabilize the agricultural sector, the energy sector, the food sector and the fuel supply….
    He is truly an “enemy of the State”…
    Vote for Brian Dahle : https://briandahle.com/my-commitment-to-california/?playlist=326ccad&video=919f818

    1. Yes, he truly is an enemy of the state!
      Just remember his abusive use of the Emergency Powers Act. He single handedly destroyed small businesses, allowed seniors to die in Covid infected nursing homes and halted education of our youth. Please remember this when you cast your ballot in the next 45 days.
      His co-conspirators are the legislators that did not stand up and REPRESENT US. It is their moral obligation to override his veto!

      Please remember his obsession with making this state the abortion capitol of the United States of America.
      He has no regard for a citizens liberty or life. His weapon of choice is the pen he uses to sign evil bills and hold us hostage in our own state!
      Enough is enough. He needs to be voted out if we want a free and prosperous state.

  4. There is still a law suit going on that will deprive him of his emergency powers, isn’t there? It had something to do with the ReOpen California Schools organization. That is the only way to get Newsom to release his emergency powers. It was Mark Meuser who warned us not to give him these executive powers. This guy can’t let go of him. It may take a case that is taken to the Supreme Court to get him to let them go.

  5. Surprised Governor Young Global Leader/WEF Poster Boy hasn’t EXPANDED his “emergency powers” – you KNOW he would if he COULD….

      1. Yes, One Fed Up Cali Girl. And let’s not forget where Covid 19 aka The Wuhan Virus came from. At the risk of being called all kinds of things by the globalists, the connection to the CCP/PLA and their Wuhan Virology Institute has been documented. The CCP closed all travel INTO China but allowed their population to travel outside China and export the virus to infect the WORLD. The “wet market origin” narrative is and always was a red herring meant to distract from the truth. China wants to replace the USA as the world economic leader. What better motive to release the virus and start the WEF’s RESET? Which country started the lock downs? – CHINA. Newsom is their PUPPET.

  6. This veto and the veto of the bill to prohibit China from buying CA farm land will be great anchor around his neck when he runs for President.

  7. And Newsom still can’t figure out why people are leaving the state in droves.

    I guess he is not aware that people flee oppression.

  8. Democrat Gov. Newsom needs to be hauled before a tribunal and be held accountable for heinous crimes against humanity by imposing medical tyranny, locking down innocent people, and mandating experimental mRNA shots that have injured and killed thousands.

    1. In a just world Mario that would happen!
      I believe truth is always revealed, I just hope it is sooner than later!

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