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Lawmakers Limiting Governor

State lawmakers have filed dozens of pieces of legislation, each in different ways. They are attempting to limit the governor’s power to issue emergency orders during declared disasters. State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, filed Senate Joint Resolution 45. It would require the governor to call a special session with lawmakers to renew a disaster declaration beyond 30 days or issue a new order related to an existing disaster declaration. Fourteen other senators on both sides of the political aisle have signed onto the bill.