SACRAMENTO – Assemblymembers Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) and James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) released the following statement after oral arguments in Gallagher and Kiley v. Newsom that took place this morning in front of the Third District Court of Appeal:
“We appreciated the opportunity to appear before the Appeals Court and are hopeful that the Superior Court’s ruling will be affirmed. The notion that one person can centralize all state power in his hands is utterly incompatible with our Constitution and form of government. This case can assure the extraordinary abuses of the past year are never repeated."
Gallagher and Kiley won their case in the Superior Court where the judge restrained the Governor from “exercising any further legislative powers in violation of the California Constitution and applicable statute” and barred him “specifically from unilaterally amending, altering, or changing existing statutory law or making new statutory law.”
This will be the first precedent-setting decision in California history on the limits of a governor’s emergency powers.