Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today sent a letter calling on Governor Mike DeWine to veto Senate Bill (SB) 311, legislation Democrats say will slow the state’s coronavirus response, ultimately leading to more deaths and further destabilizing Ohio’s economy. Statehouse Republicans fast tracked SB 311 last week, voting along party lines to pass the controversial bill that would strip executive power from the state’s Health Director during public health crises. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.
“Ohio’s response to the coronavirus pandemic cannot be politicized. When dealing with a pandemic of this severity and magnitude, we need to trust our medical professionals and scientific experts, all of whom stand in opposition to SB 311. This bill will detrimentally affect our ability to efficiently respond to future outbreaks that threaten Ohioans’ health and well-being,” said Rep. Sheehy.