The Minnesota Senate passed a bill this week under the guise of fixing the problem of the Governor's Emergency Powers. But the bill authored by Sen Dave Osmek (SF4) does very little in solving the underlying issues. For the last year, Governor Walz has unilaterally declared an emergency, targeted businesses because his orders are treated as laws and trampled on the rights of Minnesotans.
Osmek's bill only changes the current Chapter 12 Emergency Powers law to allow the legislature, by a simple majority, to extend the Governor's powers beyond 30 days. That's it. The Governor could still issue lockdowns, shut down businesses, close churches and throw violators in jail.
If they are serious about solving the problem, they need to get on board with Rep Erik Mortensen's Unilateral Emergency Powers Repeal Act (HF2204). Here's why...
1. It Removes the Governor's Ability to Unilaterally Declare an Emergency
2. HF2204 eliminates the part of Chapter 12 that allows the Governor's orders to be treated as law
3. Instead of punishing citizens, violations by the Governor make him legally responsible with potential jail time
4. It contains a Citizen's Bill of Rights to protect running a business, freedom to assemble and the right to practice religion
People are sick of Republicans in this state continuing to cower to the Democrats. These fake bills put Republicans in a weak position and are not going to get the public motivated at election time. It's quite clear, Minnesotans are looking to make sure this NEVER AGAIN happens to us! The Unilateral Emergency Powers Repeal Act would be a monumental victory for Republicans if passed, a great election issue for supporters and starts the Republicans off from a position of strength.
Don't compromise with watered-down, fake reform bills. Let's send a powerful message to the Governor that states: NEVER AGAIN!
Contact your state senator and tell him or her to get on board and sign onto Rep Erik Mortensen's Unilateral Emergency Powers Repeal Act (HF2204) today.