Most states have curbed public health authority since pandemic began: analysis | TheHill (Me: How stupid have many elected officials been about Covid? Way too many!)

Legislators in all 50 states have proposed bills that would limit some of the power given to public health officials at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least 26 states have passed laws that weaken the government’s public health authority, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News.

The report said at least 17 states have banned coronavirus vaccine mandates or created loopholes, and nine states have prohibited or limited mask mandates.

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At least three states have used an executive order, ballot initiative or state Supreme court ruling to limit the power of public health officials, the report said.

Source: Most states have curbed public health authority since pandemic began: analysis | TheHill