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DeWine warns against passage of bill to limit quarantine, stay-home orders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPTA21) - The Ohio General Assembly was set on Thursday to vote on SB311 -- a measure that would limit the authority of the governor and his administration to enact restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill would allow lawmakers to rescind some of those orders.

Gov. Mike DeWine took to Twitter to urge legislators to shoot-down the proposal.

Supporters say SB311 will limit the potential for abuse of power by the governor and state health officials.

It passed in the Ohio Senate in late September.

State law currently gives Ohio's health director wide latitude regarding regulations and restrictions issued with the intent of addressing infectious diseases.

"SB 311 is a disaster," DeWine said. "I know it's well-intended by the General Assembly, but when you look at the ramifications, this is not a bill that can become law."

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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