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Judge limits California governor's emergency rule-making

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jun 13, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California judge is ordering Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop issuing orders that might be interpreted as usurping the Legislature's responsibilities.

Republican lawmakers said the preliminary ruling Friday reinforces the separation of powers.

Newsom has broadly and repeatedly used his executive and emergency authority since the start of the coronavirus to virtually shut down the state and its economy.

He's had the backing of federal and state courts that have blocked numerous previous challenges to his efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Newsom's office says he is disappointed in the initial ruling by Sutter County Superior Court Judge Perry Parker.