Senate Review: Legislature approves use of Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act for first time in state history
April 15, 2020
The legislature convened at the Capitol on Monday to approve Gov. Stitt's declaration of a health emergency under the Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act, which was passed in 2003 in response to 9/11. This is the first time in our state's history this act has been used and approved. The governor now has additional powers to spend money and suspend rules and regulations to better coordinate COVID-19 response efforts across the state for the next 30 days.
We also passed three bills to address the now expected $416 million budget shortfall for 2020. The legislation authorizes withdrawals to fil...