Guv still wielding exec power but 'thrilled' to surrender it eventually

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Gov Jared Polis (Colorado)Colorado’s governor claims he will be “thrilled” to give up his emergency powers one day but, as of now, he is ordering the state’s citizens to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to take off their masks indoors.

Gov. Jared Polis (pictured at right), a Democrat serving his first term, has ordered an indoor mask mandate to continue for 30 days but is also loosening restrictions, at least for some Coloradans, for indoor gatherings.

Under the carrot-and-stick order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or more are no longer required to wear masks if at least 80 percent of them show proof they have been vaccinated.

Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former state lawmaker, tells One News Now that Polis is once again “overstepping” his lawful authority even after Republicans accused him of unlawfully using emergency powers and sued last year. That attempt was turned away by the Colorado Supreme Court.

According to The Denver Post, Gov. Polis had issued more than 320 pandemic-related executive orders as of February. He stated publicly he will be “thrilled” when he gives up the emergency powers once the pandemic is over.

COVID vaccine“We’re always happy,” Polis told the Post, “to have a discussion with the legislature about the proper role of the legislative, executive and judicial branches in an emergency.”

Colorado, home to 5.8 million people, has reported more than 518,000 virus cases and 6,456 fatalities as of May 4 according to The New York Times. 

Approximately 34% of Colorado's population has received both vaccine shots. 

Colorado’s state government is under control of Democrats, including both houses of the state legislature, where GOP lawmakers have introduced bills to curtail the governor’s powers but have witnessed those bills die.

According to Klingenschmitt, wearing masks and getting the vaccine should remain voluntary and not fall under the power of a state governor.

“The problem I have is when big government steps in and says everybody must do this even if the science doesn't support it,” he says. “And that's a power grab.”

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