Partal v. Ige

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Hawaii Governor David Ige continues to trample state law by refusing to return emergency legislative power back to the legislative branch. Hawaii law allows the Governor to exercise emergency powers for 59 days. After 60 days, the Governor’s emergency powers cease.

But the Governor isn’t returning emergency powers; he is holding on to it.

On March 4th, Governor Ige issued an Emergency Proclamation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, he has issued 10 subsequent proclamations adding to his March 4th Order including requiring a 14-day mandatory quarantine on all travel to the state.

We need your help to hold the Governor accountable for his illegal overreach.

About the Case

On March 4, 2020, Governor Ige issued his first COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation requiring various social distancing restrictions for Hawaii residents. By its terms, that Proclamation was set to expire on April 29, 2020. However, the Governor’s ten subsequent COVID-19 proclamations, including his mandatory 14-day quarantine of all travel to the islands, are still being enforced today.

Plaintiff Richard Partal relocated to Hawaii first, in late May 2020. Because of his employment, he was exempt from quarantine requirements. His family relocated with him in July—his two-year-old son was not subject to quarantine requirements either.

After being reported for “violating” quarantine with his two-year-old son, both of whom were exempt from quarantine requirements—Plaintiff Richard Partal received a call from Mayor Harry Kim’s civil defense office informing him that his exemption from quarantine had been revoked, that he would have to quarantine for two weeks, and that during that quarantine period, plaintiffs Richard and Kristine Partal—a married couple—could not share a bed during quarantine.

On July 17, 2020, the Center for American Liberty filed suit to hold the Governor accountable and to return emergency power back to the legislature.

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