“FIVE FREEDOMS”: Download All Five, Updated, Model Bills
Model Bill 1 – Vaccine Passport/Vaccine Discrimination Prohibition Bill
Model Bill 2 – No Mask Mandate
Model Bill 3 – Open Schools Now
Model Bill 4 – Freedom of Assembly, Commerce, etc.
Model Bill 5 – No Emergency Law
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Nebraskan wanting to join the push for Five Freedom Bills. I’ll reach out to my state congressmen and governor but want to be on your info mailing list.
I’m desperately wanting to help in the fight against vaccine passports. I live in SC but will help any state. Should we send model bills to our representatives? Or, is there a form letter I’m misssing?
I am very much in support of these five bills. However, I have concerns about the wording of 1(d) in the State of Emergency Bill.
It says that “All states of emergency declared by the governor automatically expire after 30 days
unless renewed by a majority vote of each chamber of the legislature prior to expiration.” But then it says that, “In the event that the legislature is unable to convene prior to the 30-day expiration date,
the state of emergency and orders issued pursuant thereto will be extended automatically
in 14-day increments or until the legislature is able to convene to vote on a renewal …” Does the Legislature have to somehow signal that it is “unable” to convene for the purposes of voting on renewal, but nevertheless intends to do so? Otherwise, the implication would seem to be that, if the Legislature simply does nothing (and fails to convene), the state of emergency will “automatically” be renewed repeatedly, thereby negating the requirement that it “expire after 30 days unless renewed” by a majority of the Legislature. In effect, the implication of this wording seems to be that the Legislature will have to convene and directly vote AGAINST renewal in order for the state of emergency to end; otherwise, it will just continue to be renewed. This outcome would seem to be the opposite of what the law is ostensibly intended to achieve. “All states of emergency” are supposed to expire UNLESS deliberately RENEWED by the Legislature–but, in practice, they will just keep being automatically renewed unless explicitly REJECTED by the Legislature.
Perhaps more precision is needed in specifying the circumstances under which automatic renewal may occur instead of automatic expiration (so that the Legislature simply doing nothing doesn’t amount to de facto authorization for automatic renewal).
P.S.: I noticed a typo in this paragraph:
“Accordingly, when the government must act swiftly to abate a public health crisis or
other emergency, its emergency powers should be time-barred and exercised on a
temporary basis only with the aim of restoring a state OF [not “or”] normalcy as soon as possible. “