FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/28/22 Contact: John Gilmore Phone/Text: (516) 382-0081 email@example.com Long Beach, NY, USA
After legislation fails NY Gov. attempting to sneak through regulation to detain suspected Covid health threats in Covid camps
New York Governor Kathy Hochul is trying to bypass the legislature and give herself sweeping new powers with a recently proposed regulation that would allow her to arrest suspected public health threats and detain them without trial or due process in Covid camps and other settings. The regulation will have the effect of law on February 15.
The language defining who could be detained is so broad it could include anybody including those who have not received Covid injections. How long a person could be detained is left to the discretion of public health authorities. Detention would be allowed at anytime not just during declared states of emergency.
Hochul’s effort follows the recent withdrawal of New York Assembly Bill A416 that would have allowed the arrest and imprisonment of suspected public health risks without trial.
A416 got scathing worldwide media attention in December. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember N. Nick Perry, withdrew the bill on December 22, 2021, shortly after he was nominated by President Biden to serve as the ambassador to Jamaica, and seven days after Hochul submitted her proposed regulation.
Much of the corporate media dismissed concerns about the bill because after six years in the Assembly it still did not have a required companion bill in the State Senate, and no other Assemblymembers signed on as co-sponsors.
Clearly, the failure of the bill in the legislature prompted Hochul to try to give herself completely new powers via a regulation.
Regulations are supposed to be minor rules devised by the bureaucracies to implement a law passed by the legislature and signed by Governor. But Hochul is attempting to give herself entirely new powers through the regulatory back door. Regulations only require a posting in the Register, a New York State publication, and waiting 60 days for public comment.
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