Current challenges to shut-down orders
The Oregon House Republican Caucus announced last week that in
response to new shutdown orders from the Governor’s office, they
want to pull bipartisan bills to the House floor to bring up proposals
with sponsors from both parties that would roll back COVID-19
executive orders and require additional accountability.
They are following the bipartisan actions of Legislatures in New York, Texas and
Michigan, where state lawmakers seek to restore balance to
The following bills have bipartisan support:
- HB 2243 (sponsors Rep. Wilde, Lewis, Evans, Owens) First attempt failed in a motion to remove from committee. The bill requires that
declarations and extensions of states of emergency under certain
statutes be accompanied by written explanations.
- HJR 18 (sponsors Rep. Reschke, Nearman, Post) - Terminating state of
emergency relating to COVID-19.
- HB 3177 (sponsor Rep. David Brock Smith) - Limits types of restrictions
that Governor may impose on certain businesses during state of
emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic.
- HB 3350 (sponsor Rep. Witt, Owens) - Prescribes requirements for
providing education to students with disability during COVID-19
- HB 3243 (sponsor Rep. Reschke) - Provides that civil penalty imposed as
result of violation of COVID-19 emergency rule becomes due and
payable 50 years after order imposing penalty becomes final.
This week, New York’s legislature repealed several coronavirus-related
executive orders, nearly two months after stripping Governor Andrew
Cuomo of pandemic-era emergency powers. Senate Majority Leader
Andrea Stewart Cousins, a Democrat, explained the decision by saying it
is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are
no longer necessary to rebuild the state’s economy.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown has exercised emergency powers
which grant authority to enact widespread restrictions on commerce,
education and public gatherings without any checks and balances. The
newest shutdown orders do not reflect the current situation.
Today the personal protective equipment supply situation is different,
the vaccination situation is different, and the treatment of patients has
evolved as well. Furthermore, the regional collaboration among
hospitals has been developed over the course of the pandemic.
Severe cases of COVID-19 are also less common now because nearly 70
percent of Oregon’s at-risk population is fully vaccinated. Hospital rates
for parts of the state like Southern Oregon are also not increasing, yet
the new shutdowns impact businesses in those communities.
House Republicans point out that despite these changing
circumstances, the response from the Governor’s office has not
changed. “The Legislature is in Session and we have a duty to engage.
"Oregonians need to have a balance of power between the separate
branches of government again,” said House Republican Leader
Christine Drazan (R-Canby.) “The decision to shut down businesses this
week contradicts the newest CDC recommendations by not accounting
for vaccinated individuals in Oregon. Furthermore, our businesses allow
people to gather in places with standardized safety measures. There is
no evidence that shutting them down will have an impact on
transmission rates. If COVID guidelines in Oregon continue to ignore
CDC guidelines to the detriment of families, kids and our main street
businesses, we must restore the Legislature’s ability to hold the
executive branch accountable.”
“There’s zero evidence that we’re anywhere close to running out of
hospital capacity in Marion County from COVID-19 cases,” added
Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis. “We have plenty of PPE and
because of vaccinations we aren’t seeing the same high level of severity
in overall cases who need hospitalization. On top of that, there is zero
data to suggest that restaurants have ever been a top contributor to
COVID-19 transmissions. Shutting businesses down won’t change the
This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new
guidance that lifted many restrictions for vaccinated individuals,
including dining at the same table without masks and social distancing.
Many Oregonians are suggesting that Governor Kate Brown should quit hiding behind her mask, follow federal
guidance and open the state.
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