I recently heard that the governor of Puerto Rico forced a bill to pass regarding charging for grocery bags, via an executive order, after the bill was voted down by both the house and the senate. Since this was a non emergency situation, how is this ever allowed?

  • Is there anything that would disallow it? – Denis de Bernardy Oct 13 '17 at 14:18
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    If this here is anything to go by, the Governor can issue orders very much like POTUS can issue Executive Orders. Seeing how Trump can savage Obamacare without Congress or Senate, it seems weird to expect García Padilla to not be allowed to ban - of all things - plastic bags. :-) – Denis de Bernardy Oct 13 '17 at 15:03
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    Can you add a source for what it is that you heard? – Jeff Lambert Oct 13 '17 at 15:13
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    @DenisdeBernardy - right, because Trump surely invented partisan governing by executive order – user4012 Oct 13 '17 at 17:40
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    If it's true ("I heard" is not really a reliable source, you know :-)), the obvious answer is because the Puerto Ricans wrote their constitution to allow it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Puerto_Rico – jamesqf Oct 13 '17 at 18:20

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