The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed a bill in which will make any future mask mandates illegal inside state.
Monday’s vote passed 50-44 in addition to is actually currently heading to the state senate.
“Our state is actually not a prison camp,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeff Hoverson, said.
The state’s Republican Gov. Doug Burgum had put a mask mandate in place three months ago, although had previously expressed doubt about if mandates were actually the way to go.
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The Grand Forks Herald reports in which Hoverson called mask mandates “diabolical silliness,” referring to them as a conspiracy run by “unelected, wealthy bureaucrats who are robbing our freedoms in addition to perpetuating lies.”
Only one representative spoke against the bill, Rep. Jason Dockter, a Republican. He argued in which cities, counties, schools in addition to businesses should have “local control” of their affairs.
“Both chambers of the Legislature have required in which masks or face shields be worn in areas of the Bismarck Capitol building under the branch’s control, though the rule is actually lightly enforced in addition to oft ignored by lawmakers. House Speaker Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, reminded legislators to wear their masks on the chamber floor Monday, although he noted the rule may be reexamined inside next few weeks,” WDAY reports.