The Orange County Board of Education on Tuesday introduced plans to sue California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom over the state’s indoor masks mandate for K-12 college students attending public faculties for the upcoming yr.
The Orange County Register reported, “The board voted 4-0 during closed session in favor of filing the suit, and then had an attorney read a press release in which they said Newsom has abused his authority by indefinitely continuing to issue health edicts under a state of emergency.”
The launch accused Newsom of refusing “to give up his emergency powers,” claiming “he has now misused that power in a way that threatens serious harm to Orange County’s students.”
“The Board has approved this challenge to protect our kids, and to uphold the rule of law and our constitutional framework of government and separation of powers,” it continued.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, California introduced new state rules final month prohibiting most college students from coming into public K-12 campuses if they don’t put on face coverings inside buildings and school rooms, no matter vaccination standing.
“The Governor and his executive agencies, by emergency fiat that violates state constitutional and statutory law, threaten to extend and compound the harm to California’s children previously caused by prior school closures and unwarranted masking requirements,” the Board stated.
“When necessary, the Board will fight to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our county’s kids at school. Unfortunately, with the Governor’s most recent action to force Orange County’s children, even those as young as 5 and 6 years old, to endure an academic year covering their faces for hours on end, the time to fight has come again.”
More particulars from The Register:
Board members Mari Barke, Tim Shaw, Lisa Sparks and Ken Williams voted in favor of submitting the lawsuit throughout a particular assembly Tuesday that featured just one merchandise on the agenda: litigation. Board member Beckie Gomez, who attended the start of the assembly, left at 4:30 p.m and was not current for the vote.
Barke, the board president, stated after the assembly that with faculties about to reopen for the brand new tutorial yr, “children are our top priority.”
In the previous month, case charges throughout the state and domestically have surged. On Aug. 2, Orange County reported a mean of 626 new COVID-19 instances a day for the earlier seven days, up from 72 new instances a day reported on July 2.
The Board accredited the retention of professional bono authorized counsel by Tyler & Bursch, LLP, and stated the litigation wouldn’t incur authorized charges handed on to taxpayers. Last August, the legislation agency additionally represented the Board when the physique sued Newsom and the state’s public well being officer looking for in-person studying. The lawsuit went straight to the California Supreme Court, however the Board’s petition to reopen campuses was denied.
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