No emergency should last two years. Checks are needed on the Governor, mayors and school boards. Senator Ugenti-Rita’s bill is a good start. by Jeff Oravits


Most Arizonans would be surprised to learn that the state of Arizona is still in a “State of Emergency” after nearly two years of Covid.

Many of us have moved on and accepted the virus will be with us forever and have returned to our normal lives, at least as best we can, despite some politicians and forever bureaucrats still imposing tyrannical and impractical Covid restrictions.

Some schools like the financially struggling Flagstaff Unified School District still live in a world where 5 year olds are in nearly useless (according to the CDC) cloth masks for up to 7 hours a day, five days a week . But most people practice practical precautions (PPPP) and ignore the Covid hysterics of the technocrat control freaks and their enablers in the media. 

So here we are after nearly two years of hysteria and Governor Ducey’s declaration of an emergency has still not been rescinded. The time is long overdue to limit the authority of our so called elected representatives. 

New legislation introduced by Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita (SB1009) aims to do just that by curbing the duration of any future Governor’s state of emergency from its current state of forever to 120 days when it comes to reasons of public health. The emergency could then only be extended beyond the initial 120 days by a vote of the legislature, thus putting a check on the governor’s powers.  But even if the legislature extends the emergency, it can only do so for 30 days at a time. 

Senator Michelle Urgent-Rita

Since enacting a state of emergency in March of 2020, Governor Ducey has had broad, unchecked powers and sole discretion to enact edicts such as mask mandates, capacity limits and closure of certain businesses. At one point, the Governor put limits on tire tube rentals on the Salt River, allowed selective businesses to be shut down while others remain open, enacted a week long curfew and even out-mandated President Biden’s unconstitutional residential eviction moratorium by enacting a commercial eviction moratorium. All of these actions from one man without any check on his powers. 

Critics of SB1009 say these powers are needed to stop local mayors from enacting stricter dictates. In other words, we can’t have one dictator being out-dictated by others. On the other end of the political spectrum, the “Covidians”, a cult-like group that appeared in 2020 and persist to this day, say these dictatorial powers are needed for the next “emergency”, whatever someone’s future definition and flavor of the month emergency may be. 

Bottom line, unchecked power is a recipe for disaster, bad decisions and worse. Emergencies should be in short order. Think of a mayor that has to deal with a train wreck quickly. Not the California style train wreck of literal robberies and destruction of trains, but an actual train wreck that requires quick action over a short period. 120 days seems beyond reasonable to get your act together and figure out a solution to any emergency. I’d take it one step further though, enact the same limits on city and town mayors and councils. And let’s throw in school boards as well so we can put a check on their own special version of crazy. The last thing we want to do is trade one state wide dictator for 91 (or more) local kings and queens. 

Let’s learn from the past nearly two years. Our leaders are capable of making a lot of dumb decisions for the masses under the guise of an unending emergency.  I’m quite capable of making my own dumb decisions and would appreciate being left alone as best as possible. 



Categories: State of Arizona

2 replies

  1. Very well said Jeff!!

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