Emergency Services and Disaster Law; emergency orders and regulations, Commissioner of Health, etc. (HB5075)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), and Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Emergency Services and Disaster Law; Commissioner of Health; emergency orders and regulations; limitations. Provides that neither the Board of Health nor the Commissioner of Health shall make any emergency order or regulation unless, based on the evidence available to the Board, (i) such order or regulation is necessary to suppress a nuisance dangerous to the public health or a communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or other danger to the public life and health; (ii) no alternatives to the proposed order or regulation that are reasonable in light of the impact on quality of life and economic well-being exist; and (iii) the provisions of such order or regulation are narrowly tailored to address the nuisance dangerous to the public health or a communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or other danger to the public life and health. The bill also provides that the Governor shall not issue any emergency rule, regulation, or order unless, based on the evidence available to the Governor, (a) such rule, regulation, or order is necessary to address a compelling circumstance; (b) no alternatives to the proposed rule, regulation, or order that are reasonable in light of the impact on quality of life and economic well-being exist; and (c) the provisions of such rule, regulation, or order are narrowly tailored to address the compelling circumstance. The bill provides that any order that limits the number of individuals who may gather together in person, in public or private, or categorizes individuals on the basis of their relationship to or association with such individuals and limits the categories of individuals with whom an individual who is not known or reasonably suspected to have been exposed to or infected with a communicable disease of public health threat may associate is presumed to negatively impact quality of life and economic well-being. The bill also limits the duration of any emergency rule, regulation, or order to 15 days; provides for one extension of such rule, regulation, or order; and provides that any person who violates such rule, regulation, or order shall be subject to a civil penalty of no more than $100 per violation. Under current law, any person who violates the provisions of an executive order is subject to a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
08/18/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200771D
08/18/2020Committee
08/18/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
08/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5075)
11/09/2020Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions

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