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By Brad Hawkins
Senator, North Central Washington 

A closer look at state mandates, emergency powers, and special sessions


Last updated 9/1/2021 at 6:40am

As Washington state and the rest of the world continues to process through the COVID pandemic, governors throughout our nation — Republicans and Democrats — have utilized their offices and authorities in a variety of ways. In Washington state, the Emergency Powers Act (RCW 43.06.220) authorizes the governor to declare emergencies and issue orders in response to those declared emergencies. T...

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