Republican and Democrat legislators introduced Fake End Powers Bills as the Legislature reconvened for the first day of the Special Session. Rep Cal Bahr introduced a bill trying to mimic Rep Erik Mortensen's Never Again Bill, even stealing the name and the popular Citizen's Bill of Rights provision. However, Bahr's awful bill, HF28, allows the Governor to keep the power to unilaterally declare an emergency. In order to extend the powers after 30 days, a simple majority is all that is needed, which means Minnesotans would be in the same position again if the Democrats were in control of the House and Senate.
One might call this bill the "Almost Never Again Bill".
Bahr's Fake Bill appears to be a pathetic attempt at trying to derail Action 4 Liberty's effort to force the Never Again Bill to the top of priorities in the Legislature. Cal Bahr is part of the New House Republican Caucus that kicked Liberty Champion Erik Mortensen out of their caucus. This led to Cal Bahr and Jeremy Munson losing membership with Young Americans for Liberty's Hazlitt Coalition.
Not to be out done by turncoat Republicans, Democrat legislators Julie Sandstede and Gene Pelowski introduced a shocking bill today that actually expands Emergency Powers. The bill, HF 22, grants the Governor the ability to declare an emergency for "a pandemic or other public health emergency". After 458 days of Governor Walz' Unilateral Emergency Powers, it's shocking that Democrats admit through the language of this bill, that the Governor never had the powers for a pandemic. Why else would they use this language?
Just like Cal Bahr, Munson and gang's bill, Sandstede's bill would do nothing about ending the Governor's unilateral powers to declare an emergency. This highlights how Democrats and Republicans don't actually care about making sure this Never Happens Again.
There's only one way to truly End Walz' Emergency Powers and ensure it Never Happens Again. And that's to pass Rep Mortensen's Never Again bill now.