SB 0652 Limits time period and geographic area for declared emergencies
LR Number:1257S.02I Fiscal Note:1257-02
Committee:Governmental Accountability & Fiscal Oversight
Last Action:04/22/03 - Hearing Cancelled S Governmental Accountability & Journal page:
Fiscal Oversight Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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SB 652 - The act revises provisions regarding declarations of emergencies. The act adds a definition for "disaster area" which is an area designated by the Governor or by resolution of the General Assembly. The act requires that any emergency be limited to the least restrictive geographic area and in the least intrusive means possible. The act limits emergencies proclaimed by the Governor be limited to 10 days unless extended by resolution of the General Assembly for no more than 30 days. Emergencies may also be declared by a joint resolution of the General Assembly. Joint Resolutions to declare or extend an emergency must be passed by a 2/3 majority of the members of the General Assembly.