On November 10, California Governor Gavin Newsom once again extended the pandemic emergency declaration, this time through March 31, 2022.
His one-man rule continues, and it continues to provide a screen behind which Democratic members of the State Legislature can hide.
That screen could be torn down at any time by the Democratic supermajority in both houses of the California State Legislature voting to end it.
All that’s needed is for the leadership of the Democrats to want to call a vote on ending the emergency declaration, then calling a vote, then counting the votes.
But they don’t want to.
The pandemic is becoming endemic, meaning that COVID-19 isn’t going away. It will have to be handled, like the seasonal flu, and without emergency powers.
The pandemic emergency declaration should be ended.
Gavin Newsom could do it with a stroke of a pen. The State Legislature could do it with a vote in the Assembly and a vote in the State Senate.
But Governor Newsom doesn’t want to. The Democratic members of the State Legislature don’t want to.
Please remember Gavin Newsom’s one-man rule, and the protective screen it provides for State-level legislators, when next year’s elections take place.