Finally, a group of lawmakers has collectively stood to defend the U.S. Constitution by passing legislation that prevents future mask mandates.
Nothing is more unconstitutional than government officials imposing arbitrary mandates backed by faulty “science” that serve more of a political purpose than anything to do with public health.
State legislators in North Dakota seem to agree.
North Dakota’s state House of Representatives voted 50-44 in favor of passing anti-mask mandate House Bill 1323.
The legislation that attempts to make future mask mandates illegal will now go on to the Senate for a final vote before making its way to the governor’s office, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
The bill comes just three months after Republican Governor Doug Burgum imposed a statewide mask mandate when North Dakota saw its biggest outbreak yet in COVID-19 cases.
Prior to the spike in cases, only three cities had required compulsory mask-wearing before the governor’s statewide mandate, including Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Fargo.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson, harshly criticized mask mandates as power-hungry government officials’ way to control people.
According to the Grand Forks Herald, Hoverson said government-imposed mandates supported by “unelected, wealthy bureaucrats who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies,” should be pushed back against, adding that mask mandates are simply “diabolical silliness” rather than a measure to promote safety or health.
Oddly enough, Rep. Jason Dockter, a Republican lawmaker, is the only person to publicly oppose the bill – stating that decisions on mask mandates should be made on a local level.
Dockter must not realize that freedom and health decisions should be in the hands of the people, not the government.
If passed, North Dakota would become the first state to make government-imposed mask mandates explicitly against the law. It is uncertain whether Governor Burgum would pass or veto House Bill 1323 considering he imposed the unpopular mandate.