Senate Passes McColley Bill Providing Accountability and Oversight of Public Health Orders
COLUMBUS—State Senator Rob McColley
(R-Napoleon) today announced the Senate passage of Senate Bill 22
, his 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.
“I am thankful to my colleagues for fighting to restore the natural separation of powers through reasonable checks and balances even during a public health emergency," said McColley. "This is consistent with the separation of powers in place in 34 other states, including all of our neighboring states."
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 If a health order is rescinded, it may not be reissued for thirty days.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.