OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved a resolution on Friday that calls for sweeping powers granted to the governor under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month.
The resolution calls for powers granted to the governor under the never-before-used Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act to expire on May 30. Those powers include allowing the governor to temporary suspend laws and regulations that interfere with the state's ability to respond to the pandemic. It also gives the governor the authority to redirect state employees and other resources, including up to $50 million state funds, from one agency to another, among other things.
The powers also authorize the state's public health authority, in this case the State Department of Health, to take control of any human remains.
Gov. Kevin Stitt's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the Legislature's action. Stitt could request the Legislature return to consider extending the powers again.
The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday also voted to override Stitt's veto of several bills, including measures on funding endowed chairs at state universities and allowing legislators to request documents or information from executive branch agencies.