State Assembly Speaker Heastie Puts Out Statement Contradicting The Governor

March 3, 2021

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie Clarifying Misinformation on Legislative Agreement to Terminate the Governor’s Emergency Powers

Fact #1
The legislation immediately repeals the Governor’s expanded emergency powers and he cannot issue any new directives going forward.

Fact #2
The Governor must justify to the Legislature the extension or modification of any existing directives every 30 days.

Fact #3
The Legislature can, by a simple majority vote, repeal any executive order at any time.

Fact #4
The bill allows the Legislature to undo the state of emergency.

Fact #5
We did not negotiate this bill with the Governor.