Democratic Party dominated STL & Kansas City have passed more aggressive public health restrictions amid COVID-19 than any other municipalities in Missouri. Now, denizens of the super majority Jeff City GOP announce efforts to limit this "local control" and alleged abuses that, some claim, invent law rather than enforce it.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY & STL CONFRONT LOSING PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY AFTER BOLDLY FLEXING OVER SMALL BIZ!!!
Like it or not, in the middle of red state Missouri, KCMO & STL have very little influence and new, stricter regulations seem to have sparked this forthcoming political rebuke . . .
A group of Republican lawmakers joined together on Tuesday to announce
they will pursue legislation aimed at curbing the authority of local
governments to shut down businesses to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The GOP legislators, led by state Sen. Andrew Koenig of Manchester, were inspired by the public health order issued in St. Louis County last month that temporarily closed indoor dining in bars and restaurants.
Koenig said that there is no doubt that the virus is real and it is
dangerous. But he argued there is no evidence that shutting down
restaurants will have an impact. Additionally, he said St. Louis County
Executive Sam Page overstepped his authority in issuing the order.
“The county executive doesn’t have the right to create law,” he said.
More on this move that we found via The Turner Report . . .
Close political watchers can spot the trend as the Jeff City GOP dominated legislature is fond of pushing back against the two biggest Democratic Party controlled cities in Missouri. Meanwhile, local leaders in both STL & KCMO have been hyper-critical of the Republican response to the virus as this partisan pandemic political debate threatens to reach a crescendo amid the "dark days" of Winter.
Developing . . .