Emergency laws; limits powers and duties of Governor, executive orders. (HB151)

Introduced By

Del. Marie March (R-Floyd) with support from co-patron Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency laws; powers and duties of Governor; executive orders. 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 establishing any moratoriums on the payment of rent to landlords in the Commonwealth unless pursuant to a confirmed order of quarantine or isolation. Finally, the bill limits the duration of any executive order issued by the Governor to no more than 45 days from the date of issuance and provides that if the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 45 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency. Under current law, once issued, such executive orders are effective until June 30 following the next regular session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101549D
01/09/2022Referred to Committee on Rules
01/31/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB151)
02/15/2022Left in Rules

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