Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) joined House Democrats today to vote opposition to a motion to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill (SB) 22, controversial Republican legislation that would threaten the health and safety of Ohioans by curbing authority from the governor and health director during public health crises.
“Republicans can talk about preserving liberty all they want, but that is impossible to do without life. Overriding the Governor’s veto of SB 22 endangers the lives of all Ohioans. Let’s face it: the legislature is intentionally a slow acting body. That is because what comes out of the legislature is meant to be long lasting and requires thorough deliberation. During an emergency, the duly elected Governor needs to be able to respond quickly. That is true separation of powers; not punting emergency public health decisions to the legislature. This is a direct attack on the Ohio Promise is that you can live and work here to fulfill your version of the American Dream,” said Rep. Galonski.
Proponents of SB 22 made a number of false, inaccurate and misleading claims about the virus and the state’s response. Similarly, YouTube pulled down a recording of testimony from a Feb. 17 House committee hearing on House Bill (HB) 90, legislation that mirrors many of the same provisions of SB 22, for violating the site’s terms of service for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.
Opponents of both SB 22 and HB 90 include top state public health officials, who said the effort to roll back health orders would slow the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Statehouse researchers also called into question the constitutionality of the effort to strip executive authority from the governor.