public health orders

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Indiana Republican lawmakers to change the way local health officials are allowed to do their jobs during a public emergency.

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Religious organizations would be shielded from many health orders in future public emergencies under legislation approved by the House Tuesday.

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Legislation headed to the governor’s desk would allow lawmakers to call themselves into special session during a public emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Neither the governor nor local officials could ever restrict worship services during a public emergency under a bill approved by a House panel Wednesday.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Local health officials could no longer impose restrictions that go further than the state’s during a public health emergency under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Legislation approved by the Senate Monday would give more power to local city or county leaders to overturn the actions of local health officials.