A number of Republican legislators declared the emergency powers granted to Iowa’s Governor would be addressed in 2021. Well, it isn’t quite 2021, but these emergency powers need to be addressed immediately.
We are, by my count, eight months into 15 days to flatten the curve. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds first ordered business closures in mid-March. It is the middle of November. We are almost a week away from Thanksgiving.
The governor’s restrictions will continue to harm business owners and threaten mental health during the time of year where mental health is most susceptible — the holidays.
Republican legislators should react the same way to this most recent proclamation as they would if a Democrat Governor would issue such a proclamation — eight months after declaring a state of emergency.
Gov. Reynolds is in an unprecedented situation. We understand that. But to allow one person — Republican or Democrat — control to exercise this level of power for this length of time is reckless.
Even if one is supportive of how Reynolds has handled the COVID situation, they must keep in mind every proclamation she makes puts precedent in place.
And Republicans don’t want that precedent to be GOP hypocrisy.
The emergency powers cannot go unchecked for months on end. Iowa business owners deserve better. Iowans deserve better.
I am anxious to see how lawmakers charter this course.