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

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

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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.

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