By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – July 19, 2022
On Saturday, Gavin Newsom admitted the State of Emergency is illegal.
In an interview with Fox 11, Newsom said he’s only keeping the emergency in place because the Legislature won’t pass the laws he wants; therefore, he must retain the dictatorial power to make laws himself.
I spent almost a year prosecuting a lawsuit against Newsom and know he tends to put his foot in his mouth. But this critical error comes at an auspicious time: three weeks before a court will rule on the State of Emergency in a case brought by the OC Board of Education.
Newsom’s blunder also comes as LA County is about to impose yet another mask mandate. We’ve seen this movie before: Whenever LA does something insane, Newsom is not far behind with a statewide order.
Several large school districts are also reimposing mask mandates. Yesterday, San Diego Unified’s Board President even said that students who do not want to wear a mask should not return to school at all.
Without the State of Emergency, the authority to issue those mandates is gone. That’s why in addition to the court case, I’m pressing the Legislature to stop this madness by passing my Resolution, ACR 46, to end the emergency once and for all.
We’ve always known the likes of Newsom would try to make the authoritarian control adopted in the name of COVID permanent. We’ve been preparing for this moment – we’ve built a movement – and we’re not going to let it happen.