When Oregon Governor Kate Brown initially released her executive order to effectively lock down the state, she started the 28-day clock in which she would have to get the state legislature to extend the order if necessary. Oregon’s constitution is quite clear about this, and she likely felt like she would be able to get it done because fear of the coronavirus is so pervasive. But it didn’t happen. The deadline passed, so she attempted to unlawfully extend the order anyway.
A group of churches sued her over it. On Monday, Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff shot down Brown’s executive order.
Oregon’s coronavirus restrictions ruled ‘null and void’ after governor failed to get approval from legislature
“This will ensure we can continue to safeguard the health of all Oregonians — including frontline health care workers, those living in nursing homes, workers in agriculture and food processing plants, and Oregonians with underlying health conditions –– while the legal process moves forward,” Brown said.
Ray Hacke, the attorney who represented the plaintiffs, said in a phone interview Monday the ruling invalidates Brown’s ban on churches gathering for worship but also the entire stay-at-home order.
In this episode of “Conservative News Briefs,” Tammy and I discussed the reality of Oregon’s situation and steps necessary for the thwarted executive order by Governor Kate Brown to remain thwarted. The fight continues.
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