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2021 Senate Bill 1: Limit state health department epidemic orders without legislative approval
Introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R) on January 13, 2021
To restrict emergency orders the state health department (the Department of Health and Human Service) may impose in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the legislature. A state Public Health Code adopted by the legislature in 1978 gives the department the authority to issue such orders.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on January 13, 2021
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 2, 2021
To clarify that not only must the legislature approve any extension of an emergency order after 28 days, it must also approve any renewals of an already-expired order.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 2, 2021
To restrict emergency orders the state health department (the Department of Health and Human Service) may impose in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the legislature. A state Public Health Code adopted by the legislature in 1978 gives the department the authority to issue such orders. The bill would also require officials to disclose in such orders how any restrictions on gatherings protects public health, and all the information used in deciding to issue the emergency order.
Received in the House on March 4, 2021

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