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Ohio lawmakers preparing for repeal of heath orders on June 23

Published By ABC 6 on May 12, 2021
Scott Wiggam In The News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Just hours before Gov. Mike DeWine is set to address the state, lawmakers announced they are preparing for the immediate repeal of health orders on June 23.

Wayne County Rep. Scott Wiggam said a concurrent resolution will be filed at 4 p.m. Wednesday to rescind health orders including mask mandates, school mask mandates, and social distancing mandates on June 23.

Senate Bill 22 is set to go into effect on June 23 and Wiggam said the legislature will have the concurrent resolution in place to rescind the health orders by a simple majority vote.

SB 22 allows lawmakers to vote on limiting states of emergency, rescind health orders, and limit what local health boards can do. The bill passed along party lines 25 to 8 in the Senate and 57 to 38 in the House.

The bill was vetoed by DeWine. He said he believes the bill is unconstitutional and risks the safety of Ohioans. He said he received letters from multiple health departments and hospitals urging him to veto the bill.

The Senate voted 23-10 to override DeWine's veto and the House voted 62-35 to override the veto of the bill.

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