Indiana lawmakers consider override on local emergency powers law

UPDATE (May 6, 2021):
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana’s legislature may once again check the governor over emergency powers and the coronavirus.

Lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday and they are already talking about possibly overriding Governor Holcomb’s veto of the local emergency powers law. That law would allow mayors or county commissioners to overrule local health commissions when it comes to the state’s next, long-term health emergency.

The governor vetoed the plan, saying he wanted to allow public health managers the freedom to manage the next crisis. Lawmakers already overrode the governor’s veto of a similar law that would allow them to step in and help manage the state during the next prolonged emergency.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Mayors and county commissioners across Indiana will not have the power to cancel local emergency orders. On Tuesday, Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed a proposal that would have given local leaders more emergency powers.

The governor says local health leaders needed to make quick, sometimes drastic decisions during the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. He doesn’t want mayors or county leaders overruling them.

Supporters of the plan say local elected leaders need a counter to appointed public health managers who wielded an extraordinary amount of power over the past year.

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