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2020 House Bill 5709: 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 5710 amends a 1945 law to make the same change.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on April 16, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jason Sheppard (R) on April 30, 2020
To reduce the proposed fine on individuals from $250 to $100, and from $5,000 to $500 on businesses and other entities.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2020
Passed 62 to 38 in the House on April 30, 2020.
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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 $100 for individuals, and up to $500 for businesses or other entities. This bill amends the state’s 1976 emergency declarations law; House Bill 5710 amends a 1945 law to make the same change.
Received in the Senate on May 5, 2020
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on May 5, 2020
Reported in the Senate on May 20, 2020
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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