Ohio lawmakers pass bill stripping Gov. Mike DeWine of his power to issue statewide coronavirus orders
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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Mike DeWine a bill that would strip his administration of the authority to issue statewide coronavirus orders, even though the governor said the measure would be “a disaster” and vowed to veto it.
Senate Bill 311, which passed 58-30 along party lines, would ban the Ohio Department of Health from issuing mandatory quarantine orders enforced against people who are not diagnosed as sick or directly exposed to disease. It passed the state Senate in September.
The bill would not void existing statewide orders, including the three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew announced by the governor earlier this week, a renewed statewide mask mandate, and a “stay-at-home” order like the one DeWine ordered the state health director to issue last spring. But it would prohibit such orders from being issued in the future, and it would allow lawmakers to vote to rescind any existing state health order.
Supporters say the legislation provides a needed check on the DeWine administration’s authority to unilaterally issue health orders. Conservatives, in particular, have fiercely criticized many of DeWine’s coronavirus policies, arguing they infringe on personal freedoms and unnecessarily devastate the state’s economy.
Oh yeah, let’s over-rule the experts because we heard some nutcase on TV say the virus is a hoax. That’s just ducky…
November 20, 2020 at 4:33 PM #379946Jan BoehmermanModerator
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What a bunch of Trumpy dumbasses! But then Ohio is the state that forced the health director, Dr. Amy Acton, to resign for telling them the TRUTH about Coivid-19 in Ohio. She had “Covid deniers” protesting in front of her house (some practicing their “open carry” rights).
November 20, 2020 at 4:35 PM #379947Ohio BarbarianModerator
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This is just the Ohio Republican version of grotesque pandering to their Trumpian base.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman
November 20, 2020 at 4:44 PM #379951
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