Jackson County COVID Mask Mandate Redux Stays Losing 5 - 4

Despite dire warnings about the uptick in COVID cases, a mask mandate proposal the Courthouse was defeated today amid widespread protest.

Some of our readers suggest the drama was overplayed. However, the close vote suggests that quite a few politicos were more serious about restarting the public health dress code crackdown.

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"Jackson County, as well as the surrounding counties, are classified as high transmission areas," Bridgette Shaffer, director of the Jackson County Health Department, told legislators before the vote.

Jackson County Executive Frank White said he also supports the resolution.

"Politics is temporary; health care is forever. So we just have to remember that this is an issue that has become publicized and politicalized," White said.

"I think we have to do everything we possibly can to save lives," Jackson County Legislator Ronald Finley said.

But not everyone agreed with the idea during Monday's meeting.

"There are a number of issues with this legislation that makes it even inappropriate for us to consider a vote on. First of all, it is against state Statute 67.265, which places a 180-day prohibition on expired or terminated health orders," Jackson County Legislator Jeanie Lauer said.

Nevertheless . . .

The vote FAILED and Jackson County won't be forced to mask up any time soon. 

Lawsuit threats from the Missouri AG & cities like Lee's Summit and Blue Springs openly discussing moving against any proposed mandate likely influenced the decision.

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