Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, February 5, 2021
HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency

From Grassroot Institute, Feb 4, 2021

Hawaii state Rep. Scott Nishimoto has taken the lead and introduced a bill to rein in the power of the governor during states of emergency. His bill, HB103, was heard by the House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness on Tuesday, and the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii both applauded the bill and offered suggestions about how it could be improved.

In testimony submitted to the committee, Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent said, "By requiring legislative approval for the extension of an emergency past a 60-day time limit, the bill would take a positive step toward protecting the balance of powers and the public trust." However, he suggested two major changes to further advance that goal:

>> Remove the clause that allows the emergency to continue “automatically” if the Legislature fails to take action.

>> Have Hawaii follow the example of other states and allow the Legislature to end the emergency period at any time by concurrent resolution.

Citing recommendations made in the institute's “Lockdowns Versus Liberty” report, Kent also recommended three principles that should be considered when dealing with emergencies touching on public health:

(1) Ensure that restrictions and regulations are narrowly tailored, with a clear connection between the restriction and the public health aim.

(2) Reinforce the importance of due process standards by requiring the government to bear the burden of proving that an order which closes a business or deprives an individual of a right is both necessary and reasonable.

(3) Strive for more transparency in decision-making and directives, including protections for existing sunshine and open-records laws.


HB103: Text, Status

SB1267: Text, Status 


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui


Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today


Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii



Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii


Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii