Local Emergency Health Rules Voided Without Local Body Approval After Veto Override

Alonzo Osche

Local Emergency Health Rules Voided Without Local Body Approval After Veto Override - Brandon Smith

Local Emergency Health Rules Voided Without Local Body Approval After Veto Override

Brandon Smith

Local health officials across Indiana can no longer impose emergency rules stricter than the state’s after Republicans overrode the governor’s veto. Local legislative bodies – county commissioners or city councils – will have to enact those restrictions instead.

The bill, SB 5, arose after Hoosiers complained to their lawmakers that local health officials went too far during the COVID-19 pandemic, shutting down or restricting some businesses.

Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) said those sorts of decisions are too powerful for unelected officials to make on

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