Emergency laws; limits powers and duties of Governor. (SB5077)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency laws; powers and duties of Governor. Limits the Governor's powers as the Director of Emergency Management by requiring that emergency rules, regulations, and executive orders be objectively necessary and required to control, restrict, allocate, or regulate the use, sale, production, and distribution of food, fuel, clothing and other commodities, materials, goods, services, and resources under any state or federal emergency services programs, rather than necessary in the Governor's judgment. The bill also prohibits an emergency executive order from closing any business, or any category of business or industry, either temporarily or permanently, unless pursuant to a confirmed order of quarantine or isolation. Emergency rules, regulations, and orders are set to automatically expire with the convening of the next regular session of the General Assembly, as opposed to on June 30 following such regular session. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200297D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
08/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5077)
08/27/2020Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)