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Group Joins Columbus Bridal Shop Suing State Over COVID-19 Restrictions

Ohio Public Radio

A libertarian group is joining with a Columbus bridal shop in filing a lawsuit against Ohio's stay at home order, saying the state must hold hearings for businesses that have been shut down. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is representing Tanya Hartman and Gilded Social bridal shop. He says government can’t choose which businesses are essential, and he says the state needs to hold hearings where businesses deemed non-essential can prove they can operate safely.

“Many frivolous things are up and running and exempt by government, like marijuana, like liquor, like the lottery, like car washes.”

Thompson says the Dispute Resolution Panel is offering hearings to county health departments, so that’s not adequate. Attorney General Dave Yost says the lawsuit has no merit. A decision is expected by Wednesday.



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