HB 275 (2021)
Restrict governor's emergency powers and add legislative oversight
Revises the governor's emergency management powers to require the Legislature or executive council to renew a state of emergency. If the executive council votes twice to extend a state of emergency, all tax collection must pause. The bill also states, "the governor shall not suspend existing laws or create rules by emergency order that have the force and effect of law during a state of emergency." Lastly, this bill allows the Legislature to create a "nominal state of emergency" solely for financial reasons, such as federal funding eligibility.