California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has not been shy about exercising an unbelievable number of emergency powers and executive orders since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but his propensity for wielding such power came to a crashing halt on Monday.
According to The Hill, a California judge issued a nine-page ruling in which she severely limited Newsom’s executive powers, stating that the governor’s numerous orders, using the pandemic as the foundation, were “an unconstitutional exercise of legislative power.”
Sutter County Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman acknowledged the constitutionality of the California Emergency Services Act, but decided that Newsom couldn’t use the otherwise important powers to “amend statutes or make new statutes.”
Newsom will no longer be able to exercise “any power under the California Emergency Services Act which amends, alters, or changes existing statutory law or makes new statutory law or legislative policy,” which was nothing short of a landmark win for California Republican Assemblymen James Gallagher and Kevin Kiley.
According to The New York Post, the two Republicans recently filed suit against Newsom for his gross overreach of government power by mailing out unsolicited mail-in ballots to the entirety of the state’s voting population, calling the move an “illegal power grab.”
“This is a victory for separation of powers,” the two lawmakers wrote in a joint statement. “Nobody disputes that there are actions that should be taken to keep people safe during an emergency. But that doesn’t mean that we put our Constitution and free society on hold by centralizing all power in the hands of one man.”
Newsom and his team reportedly have a period of 10 days after the ruling to issue any challenges but as of this writing, only admitted that they were currently “evaluating next steps.”
Victories against government overreach and power in the socialist paradise of California are rare, so it’s beyond refreshing to see a judge with the fortitude to challenge power-hungry officials like Newsom and put them in their place.