Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward supports bill limiting mandated statewide emergencies

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward released a letter in support of House Bill 1772, a bill that would limit the length and use of State of Emergency proclamations.

Woodward said Washington has been under a statewide emergency for 700 days. She hopes this bill will limit these emergencies to 60 days unless authorized by the Washington legislature.

She says the bill would allow lawmakers to terminate a State of Emergency under certain conditions. She also advocated for reduced fines for violations under emergency orders.

Woodward says the current state law surrounding SOE’s needs more checks and balances from other state representatives. She says other divisions should be able to express their thoughts on mandated emergencies and can act on their behalf.

Washington legislature introduced the bill on Jan. 10 and had a public hearing about it on Monday. You can check the bill’s progress here.

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