North Dakota Republicans push bill banning mask mandates through state House: Report

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t been uncommon to see states and localities impose mask mandates on their constituents, requiring them to cover their faces indoors and in public spaces. But in North Dakota, such orders may soon be no longer.

The Washington Examiner reported this week that the GOP members of the North Dakota state House had pushed through a bill aiming to ban mask mandates in a 50–44 vote.

First put forth by Republican state Rep. Jeff Hoverson, the ban would apply to the state government along with localities and school districts.

“The mask is a part of a larger apparatus of a movement of unelected, wealthy bureaucrats, who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies,” Hoverson said, according to the Examiner. “Our state is not a prison camp,” he added.

“They should have that choice”

But according to the Examiner, not all Republicans in the state legislature were on board with Hoverson’s proposal. GOP Rep. Jason Dockter complained that it would infringe on the ability of North Dakota localities to govern themselves.

“If people wanted to decide to have a mask mandate, they should have that choice,” Dockter reportedly insisted. “They should also have the choice not to mandate.”

The bill will now move to North Dakota’s state Senate, with is also controlled by Republicans. Should it also pass there, it will then arrive at GOP Gov. Doug Burgmun’s desk.

Notably, Burgmun himself introduced a statewide face mask mandate last November and kept it in place until January.

“The data demands a higher level of mitigation efforts to reverse these dangerous trends,” the governor declared at the time, according to the Examiner.

The question of masks

The debate over how effective mask mandates and other government measures are at controlling the spread of coronavirus is a hot one — and it hasn’t cooled in the year since the disease was first diagnosed in America.

Some critics point to Florida as an example of a state with no mask mandate and minimal restrictions in place; still, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Sunshine State has a coronavirus death toll far below tightly controlled jurisdictions like New York and New Jersey.

If Democrats are so interested in following the science, why aren’t they bringing up numbers like these?

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  1. All the democrats want to do is lie to all of the American people about the virus. The democrats want all the power in our government. This can not stand. The American people need to put the democrats on the road and out of our government. The democrats are all lying about everything all of the time. They can never tell the truth about anything.

  2. Time to remove the Scumbag Commie Pig Lying Demoncrackheads! It’s to late to vote them out. They cheat. the election proved that when a senile demented pedophile corrupt Moron campaigning from his basement was shoved down our throats and is destroying America via Executive Orders. Time to get bloody for the sake of our Children and Grandchildren. YEAH, I SAID IT!!!!!

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    to become the economic leader of the world. Citizens have to get back to real life that God has given to all of us!

  5. It is a national wrong and we need to stand up to all of the untruths that the Demos push out to the public and stifle are whole country in to a ressession !

  6. Funny how CNN says Republicans and those who voted for Trump are following a dictator. Despite the democrats actions of cancel culture, higher taxes, wrong use of stimulus money, kissing up to Communist China, endless lockdowns and fear with no common sense, calling the Capitol episode an armed insurrection with the only armed people the Police. Now the Capitol has been fenced and soldiers. Yet the border wall that really protects, is being questioned. Am I stating what I see as not true or is this true? And Defunding the Police.

  7. Wes & Joe are spot on with their comments! It’s comforting to know I’m not alone while witnessing this Nightmare that’s happening right before my eyes! Wtf is with Larry!

  8. Masks have become muzzles. They really don’t have a right to mandate anything. Walmart is open, Mom & Pop have to close, that is wrong. Make your own choices, take your own risks. Inform with things that are true but no mandates, please. Silencing those who disagree with you must be stopped.

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