Governor Holcomb Vetoes Bill Limiting Emergency Power

Hoosier lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk that would limit the governor's power during emergencies.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 12:10 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2021 12:58 PM

Indiana legislators sent a bill to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk that would limit the governor's power to issue executive orders.

On Friday, Governor Holcomb vetoed the bill saying a key part of it is unconstitutional. The bill would give more power to state legislators to intervene during emergencies through establishing new protocol for the General Assembly to call itself into an emergency session.

The state constitution, however, gives the governor, not the legislature, the authority to call a special session. Hoosier Republicans pushed the bill after months of criticism over COVID-19 restrictions Holcomb put in place via executive orders during the pandemic.

Lawmakers can still override Governor Holcomb's veto during this session. In order for that to happen, it would require a simple majority vote in both chambers.

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The combination of sunshine and southerly winds will make for another abnormally mild day throughout the Ohio Valley - expect an afternoon high temperature near 69° this afternoon. Friday evening looks as though it will be just as pleasant; after seeing the upper 60s earlier in the day, we'll dip to 60° by 5 PM before falling towards 54° around 7 o’clock. We are however, watching a passing low pressure system and accompanying cold front that is expected to pass through the Tri-State late Friday evening and early Saturday morning.
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