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Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority: Dangerous for Public Health

Dissatisfaction and anger at perceived overreaches by governors and public health officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an onslaught of legislative proposals to eliminate or limit the emergency powers and public health authority used by these officials. At least 15 state legislatures have passed or are considering measures to limit severely the legal authority of public health agencies to protect the public from serious illness, injury, and death. It’s foreseeable that these laws will lead to preventable tragedies. This webinar, presented jointly by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Network for Public Health Law, provides an overview of the role of public health authority in protecting the health of communities, and examines specific laws that would limit public health authority.