Melendez’ shared bid to strip Newsom’s emergency powers fails

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California State Senator Melissa Melendez. Valley News/Courtesy photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A county lawmaker's effort to strip the governor of his emergency powers failed in the state Senate, while civil liberties group submitted more points and authorities Thursday in a lawsuit aimed at stopping Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order preventing schools from reopening in Riverside County and elsewhere. Sen. Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, has been at the forefront of a social media campaign dubbed "Reopen California Schools,'' assailing Newsom's cancellation order, which impacts 36 other counties in addition to Riverside, where more than 400,000 children attend public and charter schools, according to the county Office of Education. Melendez joined with Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, in sponsoring Senate Concurrent Resolution 93, which sought a vote on whether t
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