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It was last July when California state senator Melissa Melendez first introduced a resolution in the legislature to end the COVID-19 state of emergency in her state.

Four months into the pandemic, Democratic governor Gavin Newsom had used his emergency powers to issue 47 executive orders and to unilaterally change hundreds of laws, according to the resolution.

Melendez’s resolution called for restoring “a proper balance” between the legislative and executive branches, because “an open-ended state of emergency, with boundless powers vested in a chief executive, is incompatible with democratic government.” The resolution went nowhere in the Democrat-dominated legislature. Melendez filed it again

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