DATE: April 26, 2022
DATE: April 26, 2022
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2022-05
As we are all well aware, this past year has been filled with many unique setbacks and challenges, not just for our Commonwealth but for the entire nation and the world. Yet despite the hardships and inconveniences that we have endured, we are reminded that it is not the setbacks and challenges we face that define us as a people and community, but rather, our ability to adapt and overcome them.
As Christmas day draws near, we take the opportunity to reflect upon the gifts we are most grateful for with the ones we love and cherish most. The holiday season brings forth the best of what the Commonwealth and its people have to offer, for it is time of rejoicing with family and friends, spreading goodwill to our neighbors, and giving thanks for all our blessings, big and small.
Protecting the health and safety of our people has been the main priority during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I will continue to do everything I can to keep our community safe against this virus. Accordingly, I am hereby shutting down all non-essential government offices in the Commonwealth for the next 14 days from Monday, December 6, 2021 through Sunday, December 19, 2021.
In the spirit of giving thanks, I am hereby authorizing all non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take Administrative Leave at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 and for all of Friday, November 26, 2021.
Pursuant to 1 CMC § 311, the following legal holidays are observed in the Commonwealth for the calendar year of 2022. Please note that schools and government offices are closed on these days. All department and activity heads must ensure that essential public services are not disrupted during these days.
TO: All Government Agency Heads
Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.