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DeWine Vows to Veto Amendment Designed to Curb Dr. Amy Acton's Power

The measure passed the Ohio House 58-37 on Wednesday

Moments after the Ohio House passed an amendment that would reduce the power of Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine responded with a statement in support of the Ohio Department of Health Director.

"My administration is focused on the important things we need to do to help businesses responsibly reopen while protecting Ohioans' health and safety," DeWine said. "This week alone, this included increasing coronavirus testing and tracing, balancing Ohio's budget, and working on plans to move Ohio's economy forward. Ohioans need their legislators focused on these important issues. Creating more uncertainty regarding public health and employee safety is the last thing we need as we work to restore consumer confidence in Ohio's economy."

On Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio House voted to pass an amended version Senate Bill 1, which would limit any stay-at-home order issued by the Ohio Department of Health to 14 days. Should the Ohio Department of Health want to extend the order, it would need to be approved by an existing bipartisan committee called the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, which consists of five representatives and five senators. That committee would then decide how long the order would be extended until, if at all.

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