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2021 House Bill 4049: Transfer power to close schools during epidemic from state health department to locals
Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R) on January 27, 2021
To establish that the director of the Department of Health and Human Services does not have the authority to issue epidemic-related emergency orders that close schools for in-person instruction or prohibit school sporting events. The legislature gave this authority to the state health department director in the Public Health Code enacted in 1978; the bill would amend that law by instead giving this authority to local health departments.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on January 27, 2021
Reported in the House on February 3, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on February 9, 2021
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 9, 2021
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 2, 2021
To remove a tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4048, meaning that bill does not need to become law for this one to also become law. HB 4048 is a massive epidemic-related supplemental spending bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 2, 2021
Received in the House on March 3, 2021
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.

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