Governors can protect civil liberties, too

Source: The Hill
by Dillon Chepp

“Governors have a limited but crucial role to play in the legislative process by choosing which bills to sign and which ones to veto. Some of the decisions made by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte this term serve as useful examples of how a governor can wield this power to respect constitutional rights and individual liberties. … there are times when the legislature approves policy that limits individual liberties, and the governor must act to preserve those liberties. Perhaps the greatest source of tension between governors and state legislatures this past year has been over the proper scope of emergency powers. In Montana, Gov. Gianforte signed several bills limiting his office’s emergency powers and strengthening the legislature’s role in protecting against authoritarian rule. Governors in other states haven’t been so accommodating.” (06/02/21)