Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 7th, 2020
On Wednesday Ohio Republican-controlled house of lawmakers has contended to be completely frustrated with Ohio’s aggressive stay-at-home orders issued by Dr. Amy Acton the state’s health director. Therefore they have voted to limit her authority.
According to State Representative Bill Seitz a Cincinnati Republican, “We are dealing with orders of the director of the Department of Health that had no due process whatsoever.” Seitz is contending, “they had no hearings, they had no public comments, they had no oversight, and that they had no review by anybody save those in the executive branch.”
This piece of legislature will provide measures to restrict obligatory closure and stay-at-home orders issued by the health department to a maximum of 14 days. Thereafter any other orders will require approval from a legislative rule-making body.
Bill Seitz is the state representative for the 30th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. The district consists of Cheviot, Delhi Township, Green Township and portions of Cincinnati in Hamilton County.
Ironically, Ohio Republican-controlled house of lawmakers seems to be demonstrating and picking a fight with Dr. Amy Acton from a position that is overwhelmed with juvenile antics. The legislation to limit Dr. Amy Acton authority is not so much about that, but rather their egotistic attitudes.
These foolish elected officials with their juvenile antics are only concerned about their little in poor health egos.
Previously, as Governor Mike DeWine issued the original stay-at-home orders Ohio Republican-controlled house of lawmakers prevented the governor from achieving that objective. At this juncture, the governor DeWine went back into his tool box, since he was unable to achieve his objectives and allowed the Director’s Order for All Persons to Stay at Home Unless Engaged in Essential Work or Activity. The order reads, I, Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pursuant to the authority granted to me in R.C. 3701.13 to “make special orders … for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases” Order the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the State of Ohio. This is what is the issue. It’s not that she is aggressive.
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Accordingly, Governor Mike DeWine blasted the proposed legislation admonishing his fellow Republicans to focus on increasing coronavirus testing, dealing with a $775 million budget deficit and reopening the economy.
For all practical the proposed legislation seems to be of a colossal waste of time and the taxpayer’s money.
According to a statement given by the governor, “This proposal is creating more uncertainty regarding public health and employee safety is the last thing we need as we work to restore consumer confidence in Ohio’s economy.”
However, Republican backers said the measure was an appropriate legislative check on the power DeWine, and his health director, Dr. Amy Acton, who issued Ohio’s orders.
Somehow, these lawmakers in the Ohio House were not thinking. Their ill-proposed piece of legislature will require Governor Mike DeWine’s signature. Accordingly, this is dead-upon-arrival.
Nonetheless, Acton has won enormous praise for her so called aggressive decisions to combat the coronavirus spread, but those who think the state is moving too slow in reopening its economy have directed their anger toward her in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, a very small group of seemingly radical protesters stood outside her house last weekend, leading DeWine to later condemn the demonstration, shouting “come after me.”
Subsequently, there is a partisan divide over Ohio’s reopening and its record unemployment emerged into full view at the Statehouse as House Republicans approved the limits on the health department along party lines.
In response Democrats are saying the legislation undermined public health policy and the state’s responsibility to protect people during a crisis.
Also, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes added, “Acton made an easy scapegoat as an unelected official.”
In support of Acton, Sykes continued to say; “We should not attack a woman just because she is exerting the power the legislature gave to her.”
Larry Householder state representative for Ohio’s 72nd District who is the two-time and current Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, a Glenford Republican added, he rejected proposals to require the health director to seek legislative approval before issuing orders.
He continued to say, under the current plan, once a 14-day order was reviewed, “I think the Legislature will make the right decision and I’m not concerned about that.”
The measure’s support was unclear in the GOP-controlled Senate. Earlier in the day, Senate President Larry Obhof said Ohio had had a “very positive” response compared to other states, and noted that DeWine “was very careful not to interfere with people’s constitutional rights.” Again the proposed document is dead upon arrival.