Health officials ring alarm as GOP prepares to override Dewine's veto

Mike DeWine
Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-24 12:48:08-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Multiple Ohio local health departments are sounding the alarm about legislation restricting their ability to respond to emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency heads laid out their concerns in letters to Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday.

They documented how the bill would slow down or block local officials from ordering businesses to close or requiring residents to quarantine or isolate without a medical diagnosis.

The letters also asked the General Assembly not to override the governor's veto as House and Senate Republicans planned to do Wednesday.

The override will be the first of the Republican governor’s term since taking office in 2019.

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