Constitutional amendment; executive power, state of emergency, special session (first reference). (HJ5001)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg) with support from 10 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan), Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria), Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first reference); executive power; state of emergency; special session. Limits the authority of the Governor to issue an executive order declaring a state of emergency that restricts, limits, or prohibits otherwise lawful action by a private business, nonprofit entity, or individual for a period more than 45 days in duration without approval by the General Assembly. The Governor is required to convene a special session for the purpose of the General Assembly approving the extension of such executive order beyond the forty-fifth day after its original issuance and if the General Assembly does not approve such extension, the Governor is prohibited from issuing a subsequent executive order in the same form for the same declared emergency. The General Assembly is permitted to extend the executive order to a date requested by the Governor or to a date of the General Assembly's choosing, but it shall not approve the extension to a date beyond the first full week of the next regular session of the General Assembly, unless such date is requested by the Governor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


07/29/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200248D
07/29/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
11/09/2020Left in Privileges and Elections

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