On this weekend’s KMRS Legislator’s Corner program, Republican State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake raised concerns that the governor is making sweeping emergency measures with little or no input from the legislature. He said he was not in favor of dismissing the legislature to their homes last week, as they could have provided guidance on a number of issues.
“At some point the legislature has to find ways to make some of these decisions, because we can’t just relegate it to the governor,” said Westrom. “We’ve got a democracy here. We don’t have a government that’s set up for one person to make the decisions. It would be a terribe, terrible precedent for us to violate the Constitution and let the governor make orders to change statutes, even though the legislature hasn’t passed them. That formality does need to be respected. Because once you set a precedent like that — boy, Katie bar the door.”
Westrom said the Senate is ready to return to the Capitol, but the House leadership is still reluctant. Last week, there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst a House staffer.