Senate District 5
Stephen A. Huffman
 
 
 
 
 
Huffman Announces Senate Passage of Bill Providing Accountability and Oversight of Public Health Orders
February 18, 2021

COLUMBUS— On Wednesday, State Senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) announced the Senate's passage of Senate Bill 22, legislation which provides additional legislative oversight for public health orders in response to executive actions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The bill would establish the bi-partisan, bicameral Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee. The Committee would provide legislative oversight regarding actions taken by the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health during a statewide public health emergency. 
 
"This bill restores reasonable checks and balances that are crucial to the functioning of our government," said Senator Steve Huffman, who co-sponsored the bill. "It is important for the people to have a voice, and for the General Assembly to truly be able to represent their voice from district to district, across the state."


The bill also permits the General Assembly to adopt a resolution to terminate a public health state of emergency after thirty days, and may rescind a related executive order or rule eleven days after the initial emergency declaration is made. If a health order is rescinded, it may not be reissued for thirty days.

Senate Bill 22 will now be sent to the Ohio House for consideration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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