(The Center Square) — Delaware Republicans seek to limit the governor’s “unfettered” powers by requiring more legislative oversight and setting limits on emergency declarations.
One proposal filed by the Assembly’s GOP minority would require the Legislature to create a new joint committee on Oversight of Agency Regulations and enhance lawmakers’ oversight of new regulations.
Another would require the Legislature to reauthorize emergency declarations — such as those set by Democratic Gov. John Carney during the COVID-19 pandemic — every 180 days.
A summary of the bill says it intends to “require the legislative branch to reasonably restrict or confirm the executive branch in its exercise of emergency powers, thereby maintaining a balance or separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of state government.”
“State regulations can carry the weight of law, placing new restrictions, burdens, and costs on Delaware citizens, but Delawareans have virtually no ability to impact the regulatory