Lawmakers try again to limit governor’s authority | #ESC_LLC #COVID19 #Lawmakers #Governor | As the state continues to set new records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the divide between Gov. Mike DeWine and state lawmakers on how to handle the virus is growing. First, lawmakers passed a plan to limit the DeWine’s ability to issue long-running health orders. That bill is facing a certain veto and potential legislative override. Now comes another effort to undo a health order issued months ago on operations at bars and restaurants.
The proposal, SB 347, comes from Senate President Larry Obhof, one of the most powerful lawmakers on Capitol Square. It removes DeWine’s order that cuts off alcohol sales at bars and restaurants at 10 pm and mandates that any alcohol purchased must be consumed by 11 pm.
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