Neville to Push Bill Limiting Governor’s Authority to Issue Public-Health Orders

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Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R).

Colorado Republicans plan to push for legislation limiting Gov. Jared Polis’ authority to issue public-health orders to 15 days, after which time Polis or a future governor would need to get the green light from the state legislature to extend orders any longer.

State House Republican leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock said at a news conference and on KCOL radio that he and fellow Republicans plan next week, when the legislative session resumes, to begin “pushing back on the governor’s authority, making sure that after 15 days he actually has legislative approval to continue on with his emergency powers.”

When Arapahoe County area District Attorney George Brauchler called on lawmakers earlier this month to push this type of legislation, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine called it a “sad” illustration of how the response to the pandemic is being converted into a “partisan issue.”

Brauchler called for a “liberty-loving legislator” to offer a “bill to claw back the massive authority given to the governor.”

Brauchler appears to have found his lawmaker in Neville, who’s one of the highest-ranking Republicans in Colorado.

Neville, who’s falsely alleged that masks “don’t accomplish anything,” said on air that the GOP plans to run a bill that “essentially says ‘the governor can only have emergency authority for 15 days. After 15 days, he has to go back and seek legislative approval.'”

Neville acknowledged his proposed legislation probably won’t move forward this year, because it will be considered a late bill that can’t advance without the approval of the Democratic majority, which, he says, will not allow it.

Republicans Target November Election

In light of the likely paralysis of his proposal to strip Polis of his authority to issue pubic-health orders, Neville tried to turn Republicans’ attention to the upcoming election.

Neville said he saw this situation coming, and that’s why he was involved in the failed recall campaigns last year in Colorado

“This is a big reason we were active in the recall elections a year ago and why we were trying to push back, because we saw a lot of this happening,” said Neville on air. “We never thought it would actually get to this point.”

“We really need people to be on the ground fighting for Republicans in elections,” he continued. “If we don’t at least close the gap on Democrat control, then we will probably never solve this.”


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  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    If the legislature's out of session, what happens after 15 days? Special session?

    • notaskinnycook says:

      That's why this silly idea is D.O.A. It just isn't practical as long as we have a 120-day legislative session. What happens during the remaining 8 months of a year? Should a governor let an epidemic burn through the state from May through December until the legislature reconvenes so s/he can ask "Mother, may I "?

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Neville said he saw this situation coming, and that’s why he was involved in the failed recall campaigns last year in Colorado.

    Ummmm — that would be that Great Covid-18 Recallathon Roadtrip Debacle, right Patsy? . . .

    “. . . It’s 106 miles to Denver, we got a full tank of gas, 2 cases of Bud, it’s dark, and Pueblo’s Grandpa and Grandpa Duke wearing matching coveralls (but they’re just friends, not like gay or anything — I mean, they never got “officially married,” … by a preacher … in a church … they both own arsenals right?!  So, not gay!) — becuz there’s a forreal’s pandemic acomin’, and we’re on a mission from Dudley to keep restaurants open and infectious”???”

  3. Duke Cox says:

    Upon re-reading this piece, I am wondering if what Boy Neville foresaw was being unable to affect anything in Colorado politics. Otherwise, it sounds like the deluded rambling of an addlepated imbecile who has been pilfering his old mans' edibles.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Neville’s plan  “essentially says ‘any future global Pandemic can only have emergency authority to infect for 15 days. After 15 days, the Pandemic has to go back and get Presidential certification as an essential hoax — at which time we all stop counting bodies and celebrate our victory, restock our toilet paper and ammunition, open all restaurants, go to church, and then go back to the middle ages.’

    “My plan would limit a Pandemic’s ability to kill whoever it wanted to just two weeks, do its business quickly, and then get on down the road to Mexico, or obtain Republican Presidential approval to continue, so that it could only affect the right demographics and investment portfolios.”

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    Well, there is a judge in Ohio who listened to a suit and declared

    Ohio’s decision to shut down gyms and fitness centers was “arbitrary, unreasonable and oppressive,” a judge ruled Wednesday in a largely symbolic finding that nevertheless underscored an ongoing debate over the state’s response to the pandemic.

    The nine-page ruling by Lake County Court Judge Eugene Lucci applies only to gyms in that northeastern Ohio county.

    The judge apparently found

    Ohio law allows Acton to isolate sick people and quarantine people exposed to an illness during the period of incubation for a given disease, about 14 days in the case of the novel coronavirus. But the judge argues her powers stop there.

    Gov. DeWine and the Health official Acton already had plans to allow gyms to open on May 26.

  6. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    FREE CORONAVIRUS !!!!!!!!!

    Beginning May 26, you can get yours by calling Rep. Patrick Neville's line at the state capitol: 303-866-5523.

    Or e-mail at:

  7. davebarnes says:

    Why isn’t this little plump fucker dead from Castle Rock Restaurant Covid-19?

    • kwtree says:

      Tomorrow it will be 14 days from the ill-advised Mother’s Day Covid19 Special Opening of the CC Kitchen in Castle Rock. I would expect an uptick in cases statewide, but primarily in the DougCo area. There will be some deaths, as well – around 2% of the “hundreds” of diners who showed up to show Governor Polis that they were standing up for America and against Tyranny. If they got a full “viral load” from an infected customer, some 10% will get sick, and 1- 2% will die.

      As for Neville, those deaths will be on his conscience,even if he doesn’t get sick himself. He used his status as a public figure to encourage people to expose themselves to a deadly infection. That photo of him hugging the restaurant’s owner will haunt him. Hopefully, it will be the “kiss of death” (excuse the metaphor) for his political career. 

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