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Oklahoma House approves bill to strip mayors of power during health emergencies

The bill now heads to the Senate
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Posted at 11:49 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:12:02-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has narrowly approved a bill to strip some power during health emergencies from mayors and other local officials.

The bill passed 53-44 on Thursday and now heads to the Senate.

The measure would make several changes to the Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act.

It would strip the authority of local officials to separate ill people, issue vaccinations and take other steps to prevent, manage and contain health threats.

Instead, it gives the governor the power to delegate local officials certain authorities. It also would require the governor to notify the Legislature about specific powers he seeks.

2 Works for you reached out to Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum for a response to this bill.

“Estimates from public health officials are that we saved thousands of lives in Tulsa during this pandemic because we were able to act quickly and independently in the best interest of our local community. That’s why local control is important. We oppose this proposal and encourage legislators to vote against it.”
Mayor G.T. Bynum

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