Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. (SB731)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. Limits the duration of any executive order issued by the Governor pursuant to his powers under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to no more than 60 days from the date of issuance. The bill provides that if the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 60 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 adjournment of the regular session of the General Assembly. The bill contains technical amendments and is incorporated into SB 4. Read the Bill »


02/09/2022: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104327D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/27/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB731)
02/09/2022Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB4-Suetterlein) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Fred Woehrle writes:

This seems like a useful check on gubernatorial overreaching. Legislatures should not delegate their powers to the executive except in a limited or temporary way, given the constitutional separation of powers.

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