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Ohio Senate unanimously rejects amendment to limit Dr. Amy Acton's power

The amendment would limit any order issued by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton to 14 days.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate voted to reject an amendment that would limit the power of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

The Senate reject the amendment to Senate Bill 1 unanimously 32-0.

The legislation would have allowed a bipartisan committee to reassess the Health Director's order after 14 days and decide if it was necessary to extend it.

It passed the House earlier this month 58-37.

Gov. Mike DeWine elaborated in the past on why he felt Senate Bill 1 was a bad idea and would veto it.

"Any bill or any attempt that gets in the way of our ability to protect the people of Ohio is a bill that I will be forced to veto to protect the people of Ohio," he said.

He said he didn't understand how lawmakers could attempt to get a bill like that passed in the middle of the worst health emergency in 102 years.

"Under this bill; if it ever became law, it would be nothing but chaos, It's just — I don't quite understand it," he said.