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2020 Senate Bill 1253: Limit state health department epidemic orders without legislative approval
Introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R) on December 3, 2020
To restrict emergency orders issued by state health department (the Department of Health and Human Services) in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the legislature.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on December 3, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on December 10, 2020
To not limit orders to 28 days.
The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on December 10, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Winnie Brinks (D) on December 10, 2020
To place in state a law imposing face mask mandates on residents in specified circumstances during the coronavirus epidemic.
The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on December 10, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Received in the House on December 15, 2020
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on December 15, 2020
Substitute offered by Rep. Luke Meerman (R) on December 17, 2020
To adopt a version of the bill with provisions for places of worship and inconsistent business closure rules.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D) on December 17, 2020
To place in law provisions imposing specific public facemask mandates.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 17, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D) on December 17, 2020
To strip out the provision limiting emergency orders to 28 days without legislative consent.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 17, 2020
To restrict emergency orders issued by state health department (the Department of Health and Human Services) in response to an epidemic to 28 days unless an extension is approved by the legislature. The bill would also prohibit imposing restrictions on the capacity of persons at a place of worship or the administration of a sacrament. If an order otherwise forces a business to close but it observes all the safety precautions required of one allowed to remain open, the firm would be allowed to remain open. The provisions also apply to local health departments.
Received in the Senate on December 18, 2020

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