Private schools sue MA county over Oct. 1 closure

Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeA county health official in Maryland is fighting the state’s governor over a controversial order that keeps private schools closed but a constitutional attorney warns the problem is government power.

Dr. Travis Gayles, the health officer for Montgomery County, has declared he has the legal right to keep private schools closed until Oct. 1 even after Gov. Larry Hogan has overruled him.

According to Bethesda Magazine, Gayles first claimed he has the legal right to keep schools closed after Gov. Hogan ordered a state of emergency. But that order also prohibited county-level declarations, so Gayles then cited a state law as his defense.

Montgomery County has recorded the state's second-highest number of COVID-19 after Prince George's County. 

A group of parents and two Catholic schools filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the county order, the magazine also reported.

Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow he has an ongoing problem with such government mandates from public officials who make a “snap decision” that affects so many.

“They say they're basing it on science,” he observes, “but frankly it oftentimes has nothing to do with the science."

 

 

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