Document Reveals State’s Move To Vastly Expand Continuity of Government Powers
December 16, 2013
A document currently circulating through the Washington state government details the attempt to vastly expand Continuity of Government powers by amending the state’s constitution.
Exclusively revealed to Storyleak, the document, entitled “Modernizing State’s Continuity of Operation Planning,” asks State Representatives to pass legislation concerning the government’s ability to implement COG. Spearheaded by the Washington Military Department and the State Auditor’s Office, the document also details the move to add Continuity of Operations planning to state law.
Created at the height of the cold war during the 1960s, the Continuity of Government (COG) program was designed to give the federal government martial law powers in the event of a nuclear attack. Now, states have begun following the federal government’s lead in granting themselves much greater COG abilities.
“Change ‘only enemy attack’ to ‘any emergency, disaster or attack’ in the state’s Continuity of Government Act, as well as the Continuity of Government provisions developed for the Office of the Governor, the legislature, county commissioners and city or town officers,” the document states.
The document also goes on to call for erasing the government’s requirement of bringing the legislative body together no later than 30 days after a disaster or attack, giving the governor the power to keep COG operations ongoing for undetermined lengths.
“Amend the provisions for the governor calling the Legislature into session from ‘as soon as practicable or no later than the 30th day after the attack’ to ‘as soon as practicable,’” the document reads.