Tuesday, September 1, 2020

“This pandemic ... is precisely the kind of civil defense emergency"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin: 

"With the Supreme Judicial Court expected to hear arguments in a little over a week over a lawsuit challenging Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 executive orders, Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lengthy defense of the governor and the legality of his actions to control the coronavirus. 
Baker has been sued by a group of business owners, religious leaders and others over the numerous executive orders he has issued since declaring a public emergency on March 10 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The orders have included everything from forced business and school closures to size limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings. 
The plaintiffs claim that Baker overstepped his legal authority, but Healey argued in a briefing filed with the SJC that Baker acted well within the scope of the Civil Defense Act to protect the public from the coronavirus. 
“The CDA gives the Governor extensive authority to protect the Commonwealth during a civil defense emergency,” Healey wrote. “The Act defines ‘civil defense’ broadly, and responding to the current pandemic falls within its scope because COVID-19 is a ‘natural cause’ that threatens the public health and welfare of the Commonwealth’s residents.”

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Related article on the AG filing in support of Gov Baker

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