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DeWine Vetoes Third Attempt To Limit Public Health Orders

Jan 12, 2021

Credit coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed another attempt to challenge the state's powers to issue public health orders during a pandemic.  

SB 375 lifted the public health order limiting county fairs to junior fair activites like 4-H and Future Farmers of America competitions and displays.  It called for a working group to study and recomend pandemic safety protocols. Dewine says the state, the legislature, and local fairs need to work together for the upcoming fair season, but that SB 375 would leave all control in the hands of the General Assembly.

DeWine vetoed an earlier bill that attempted to strip the penalties from public health orders.  He avoided issuing a veto on a third bill that would have limited the health department's power to order quarantines, because too many legislators were out with COVID-19 to pass it.