Restless Republican lawmakers not ready to overturn Ducey — yet

Gov. Doug Ducey gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic response during an April 22, 2020, press conference. /Photo by Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic & USA Today Network |/Pool photo

By Jeremy Duda  | Arizona Mirror

It seems highly unlikely that there are enough GOP votes in the state legislature to reverse Gov. Doug Ducey’s emergency declaration, but Republican lawmakers are chafing under the extension of his stay-at-home order and are hoping leadership can convince the governor to make substantial changes soon.

Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, has proposed a resolution that would overturn the emergency declaration that Ducey issued on March 11, which allowed him to issue a host of executive orders aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Most significant among those is his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order that closed most businesses deemed non-essential and imposed restrictions on the reasons why Arizonans can leave their homes.

Though Townsend quickly rallied public support from a handful of GOP lawmakers, she doesn’t appear to have enough votes in either chamber of the legislature. 

But that doesn’t mean Republicans are falling in line behind Ducey.


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