Group mulls governor's emergency powers
By LAURA ERNDE
Should the governor assume control in the event of a terrorist attack?
Does he need his own Security Council to advise him much like President Bush has the Office of Homeland Security?
These were some of the questions facing members of the House Commerce Government Matters Committee on Wednesday as they reviewed several pieces of the governor's anti-terrorism package.
The legislation resulted from a task force that was created after the Sept. 11 attacks.
One proposal would allow the governor to take control of an emergency in the event of an enemy attack. He could also choose to delegate his power to someone else.
"The whole purpose of this bill is to make sure the governor is firmly in charge," said Legislative Office Counsel Robert Zarnoch.