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2020 House Bill 5710: Revise penalties for violating governor’s orders during declared emergency
Introduced by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R) on April 16, 2020
To revise the penalties in one of the two laws that authorize a governor to assume extraordinary powers during an emergency, including the statewide “lockdowns” ordered under the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. The current law makes violations “a misdemeanor,” and the bill would add a “civil infraction” provision and specify fines of either $250 for individuals, and up to $5,000 for businesses or other entities. This bill amends the state’s 1976 emergency declarations law; House Bill 5709 amends a 1945 law to make the same change.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on April 16, 2020