State Rep. Dennis Bush was asked about the Governor’s emergency powers and whether the legislature would address the issue during a legislative forum on Friday. Bush said it isn’t likely to be a topic of discussion this year, but could be in the future.
“Governor Reynolds last year, during the height of the pandemic, she just had the deer in the headlights look,” Bush said. “One person referred to it almost like battle fatigue. And it was just like, she doesn’t want to fight. Just by bringing that legislation forward, there’s an inference that she didn’t do it right. And so everybody just agreed we’re going to back off.
“The Speaker flat out told us if you propose legislation, he said ‘I’m going to come see you personally.’ I mean, they wanted to just squash that down right away.”
Bush said the legislators who had concerns about the issue will likely be in the legislature for a while.
“I fully expect we’ll come back and we’ll visit that issue,” Bush said. “We want to put some restrictions on the emergency powers.”