Author: Daniel Dew and Nick Murray

Daniel Dew serves as the legal policy director at Pacific Legal Foundation. Nick Murray is a policy analyst at Maine Policy Institute.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of when states and the federal government first declared states of emergency over the spread of COVID-19. Much has changed since then in how we understand the virus, as well as the effects of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, school closures, and “non-essential” business designations ordered by governors in March 2020. The past year has also changed how we look at the laws that enable our governors to seize and hold such broad powers during an emergency. We should have seen this coming. A delegate to the nation’s first constitutional convention (and its fourth president), James…

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