ABBOTT NOT. “ The governor continued, “And it’s very simple. You loot, you’re going to jail. You throw a brick at a police officer, you’re going to jail. You tear down a monument, you’re going to jail. If you block traffic or harass people when they’re having to have dinner at a restaurant, you are going to jail. And if you have local governments that want to defund the police. Well, guess what? Under our legislation, the state of Florida is going to defund you.”
Florida is also reopening restaurants to full capacity as the state moves to phase 3 of its COVID response.”
“ Dr. Bartlett pointed out other consequences of the mandates issued by Abbott.
“In Texas, we have had the unthinkable happen, where people are dying alone in hospitals … where a family in West Texas dropped off their loved one at the hospital doorsteps and were told they couldn’t be around him, and then they watched the evening news to find out that their loved one had died,” Bartlett recalled. “That’s how they found out that their loved one had died. This should not be in Texas, and this has happened on Gov. Abbott’s watch.”
“ Texas is second only to California in the number of businesses killed by state governments’ coronavirus policies. Though 2020 data is not yet available, mental health experts predict the added stress of COVID closures will likely result in an increase in suicides and suicide attempts.”
This is true for Texas too.
“ “We conclude that the Governor lacked the authority to declare a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘state of disaster’ under the EMA after April 30, 2020, on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we conclude that the EPGA is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government – including its plenary police powers – and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely. As a consequence, the EPGA cannot continue to provide a basis for the Governor to exercise emergency powers.”
“ Last May, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor’s lockdown restrictions because he had exceeded his authority. They ordered him to go through the legislature to fashion pandemic policies.”