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It’s been exactly 100 days since I introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 196 to end the State of Emergency, terminate Gavin Newsom’s emergency powers, and restore the rule of law in California.

My legislation provides: “RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, That the Legislature, in accordance with Section 8629 of the Government Code, declares that the state of emergency proclaimed by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 4, 2020, is at an end and that the emergency powers granted to the Governor as a result of that proclamation are terminated.”

A similar Resolution just passed the House of Representatives in Idaho. No wonder so many Californians are moving to that state.

Imagine how much pain our state could have been spared if the Legislature had passed ACR 196 when I introduced it. Since that time, Gavin Newsom has failed California in every conceivable way:

  • The Economy: California’s economy and unemployment are worse than any state.
  • Public Health: California leads the nation in COVID-19 cases.
  • Competence: The Governor’s “data glitch” set back reopening decisions by weeks and led his Public Health Director to resign.
  • Partisanship: Newsom has openly stated he’s using his emergency powers to advance the goals of the “majority party” and create a “new progressive era.”
  • Corruption: Gov. Newsom closed California schools at the behest of his biggest campaign donor and appointed megadonor Tom Steyer to head the economic recovery.
  • Inconsistency: The Governor just scrapped the previous reopening requirements for a farcical new “color-coded” system.
  • Accountability Dodging: Newsom has blamed local officials and the people of California for his own failures.
  • Lawlessness: The Governor has done lasting damage to our civic institutions, changing over 400 laws unilaterally.

These failures are no coincidence. Our Founders had good reasons for rejecting autocratic models of government in favor of separation of powers, checks and balances, and the rule of law.

The Emergency Services Act was designed to grant extraordinary powers to a Governor under conditions of extreme peril. It was not meant to give a single person the ability to remake all of California law indefinitely.

And Newsom has flatly refused to discuss any limits on his powers, falsely accusing me of attempting to “prematurely declare an end to this ongoing crisis.”

I will continue pressing for passage of ACR 196, even as we fight Newsom in court. But ultimately, the people of California have a chance to make their voice heard this November.

Newsom will not be on the ballot – yet – but have no doubt: this election will be a referendum on his failed leadership as Governor.

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Kevin Kiley is a Republican California Legislator fighting back against the Supermajority and Special Interests at the State Capitol. Sign up for updates to be part of our growing movement, and join other Californians of patriotism, decency, and common sense who want nothing more than to save our state.