Ohio House Considers Bill To Limit Governor's Emergency Powers

Mar 9, 2021

Rep. Marilyn John (R-Shelby) at the House State and Local Government Committee.
Credit Ohio Channel

The Ohio House has scheduled a possible committee vote on a bill that would limit states of emergency issued by the governor and allow legislators to rescind health orders.

The vote comes after a threat of a veto by Governor Mike DeWine.  Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Supporters of Senate Bill 22 say DeWine's health orders are hurting small businesses and quality of life. They also say the case ratio DeWine has set to lift all health orders is unachievable.  


Republican Representative Marilyn John says COVID-19 hospitalizations are dropping.


"The governor has said that, we are open, but you can't have lunch on a Monday afternoon because the restrictions will not allow the restaurants to open, the businesses to open fully, and then they can't make enough profit margin to pay their employees." 


There are no capacity limits on Ohio restaurants, but they must maintain social distancing.


DeWine says the 50 cases per 100,000 people threshold is possible given the current downward trend since December.