Rep. Adam Miller (D-Columbus) today issued a statement as House GOP lawmakers voted to fast track Senate Bill (SB) 311, which would curb executive authority from the state health director to issue orders during public health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.
“This bill, and yesterday’s efforts to strip the Governor more power to protect Ohioans, are dangerous and reckless. That is why I voted against both of these irresponsible bills. Instead, we should focus on giving businesses the resources they need to stay in business and protect their workers as we combat this pandemic - together. Instead of these real investments, real partnerships, we have attempts to strip the governor of the power to protect Ohioans in ill-advised parlor games,” said Rep. Miller.
Republican lawmakers Thursday also rejected a Democratic motion to require facial coverings in the Statehouse to protect the public, legislative staff, members of the press and elected officials amid the worst spike in cases in Ohio since the onset of the pandemic.
Franklin County, home to the Ohio Statehouse, Thursday became the first Ohio county to enter Level 4, the state’s highest-level rating which indicates severe spread and exposure of COVID-19. In anticipation of the rating, the City of Columbus and Franklin County Wednesday issued a stay-at-home advisory beginning Friday, urging residents to only leave home for essential purposes.