Throughout this nagging coronavirus pandemic, there have been a number of debates about what the government can and cannot do in regard to prevention.
That’s not to say that there has been a real discussion about whether or not we should do all that we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus – only the cruel are advocating for us to let people die. No, the argument has to do with whether or not the government has the authority to mandate certain things on account of a viral threat.
For instance, Pennsylvania’s lockdown orders were recently declared “unconstitutional” by a federal judge who said that, even in times of danger, the government’s power cannot be “unfettered”.
But, right on the heels of that decision, Keystone State legislators are attempting to make a misdemeanor out of not wearing a face mask.
A Pennsylvania state senator introduced legislation that would enable authorities to give misdemeanors to people who do not wear masks in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Sen. Art Haywood (D) made the announcement a few months ago, and the proposal was formally introduced in the Senate Tuesday as SB-1287.
Haywood said in the proposal that it would add “failing to adhere to the face covering requirements of a declaration of disaster emergency to the crime of ‘recklessly endangering another person,’ which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Those offenses are punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
One has to imagine that this law, should it pass, would also be subject to a serious rebuttal in court.