Ohio Republicans Override DeWine Veto Concerning Covid-19 Un-Constitutional Mandates

By: Andy Chow

The Ohio House and Ohio Senate have voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of Senate Bill 22. The move can enact a law that weakens the authority of a governor’s orders and emergencies.

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) speaks in favor of overriding Gov. Mike DeWIne's SB22 veto.
Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) speaks in favor of overriding Gov. Mike DeWIne’s SB22 veto. [Dan Konik | Statehouse News Bureau]

Throughout the past year, Republican leadership in the House and Senate clashed with DeWine over the health orders he’s issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That clash culminated in the form of the legislature overriding DeWine’s veto.

The bill limits a state of emergency to 90 days, gives lawmakers authority to terminate a state of emergency after 30 days and allows them to terminate orders coming out of that emergency, all through a resolution.

For example, health orders issued under the current state of emergency include last year’s Stay-At-Home order and the current mask mandate.

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