Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Unexpected Reason Arizona’s Mask Mandate Ban May Be Unconstitutional

Days before the deadline for Arizona lawmakers to pass a budget, state Rep. Joseph Chaplik said he would refuse to vote for a GOP-negotiated spending plan unless he got something in return.

“I said I’m not signing onto the education budget if we don’t have control of the masks,” the Scottsdale Republican told conservative radio host Garret Lewis in June.

Chaplik was referring to mask mandates — requirements for students, staff and visitors at Arizona public schools to wear face coverings to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Republicans such as Chaplik were demanding the budget include a policy banning the state’s public schools from issuing such mandates.

The controversial ban on mask mandates is now scheduled to take effect on Sept. 29 after Chaplik and other Republicans got their way.

But that’s where attorney Roopali Desai says lawmakers got it wrong. [see the ful article]


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