Abstract: Requires legislative approval for renewal of gubernatorial emergency declarations
continuing beyond 30 days and provides for a procedure for legislative approval of the
Present law provides that a state of disaster, emergency, or public health emergency shall continue
until the governor finds that the threat of danger has passed or the disaster or emergency has been
dealt with to the extent that the emergency conditions no longer exist and terminates the state of
disaster, emergency, or public health emergency by executive order or proclamation.
Present law provides that a majority of the surviving members of either house of the legislature may
terminate a state of disaster or emergency or a state of public health emergency at any time.
Present law further provides that the petition terminating the state of emergency, disaster, or public
health emergency may establish a period during which no other declaration of emergency or disaster
may be issued and that the governor shall issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state
of disaster or emergency.
Proposed law retains present law but makes renewal of an emergency declaration to extend beyond
30 days subject to legislative approval.
Proposed law provides for the procedure by which the legislature votes to determine whether to
extend the state of public health emergency.
Effective upon signature of governor or lapse of time for gubernatorial action.
(Amends R.S. 29:724(B)(1) and 768(A); Adds R.S. 29:768.1)

Statutes affected:
HB19 Original: 29:724(B)(1), 29:768(A)