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State lawmakers are pushing to curb governors' virus powers

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 12:15:02-05

State lawmakers around the U.S. are moving to curb the authority of governors and top health officials to impose emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business shutdowns.

Many legislators are resentful of the way governors have issued sweeping executive orders.

They are pushing back in states such as Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

Some governors say they need authority to act quickly and decisively against the fast-changing threat.