Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) 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.
“Stripping the State Health Director from being able to take action during public health crises will only lead to more deaths and further destabilize our economy. We all want to get through this crisis and reopen our economy, but that can’t happen unless we do it right, and that means listening to the health experts to implement strategies to control the virus, protect workers and restore consumer confidence,” said Rep. Kelly. “Fast tracking dangerous fantasies when we should be prioritizing what we know works isn’t just bad policy, it threatens the lives and livelihoods of thousands of our fellow Ohioans. This bill will only slow our response, cost more lives and force more businesses into financial ruin. We can’t have a healthy economy without healthy Ohioans to power it.”