Judges block Arizona law banning schools and require city masks


Phoenix (AP) —Judges on Monday block schools from demanding masks and limit local government authority to impose COVID-19 requirements, the latest turn in the national legal battle over pandemic rules It has invalidated the laws of Arizona that have been passed by the Republican Party.

If it withstands the promised complaint, the decision by Judge Catherine Cooper of the Marikopa County Superior Court can pave the way for Arizona cities and counties to establish mask requirements. At least 29 public school districts violated the law and established their own mask requirements.

Cooper’s drastic ruling also broke many non-virus provisions that slipped into the overall budgetary measures that served as a means of state budget and conservative policy wishlists. They included the necessary investigation of social media companies and the deprivation of the Democratic Party Secretary of State, who is obliged to comply with election law.

The ruling is a dispute over school masks and other COVID-19 restrictions Moved to US Open court Proceedings have been filed in at least 14 states, either in favor of or against school masks. They directly challenge either the state rules banning masks or the policies of the local Board of Education requiring them.

In Texas, dozens of school districts opposed the ban on mask mandates by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, but the state Supreme Court upheld him last month. In Florida, the Court of Appeals dismissed the lower court this month, allowing Republican Governor Ron Desantis to re-enable a ban on school mask orders.The case is Ping-pong between federal and state courts.

NS Federal Judge of Iowa Blocked state law prohibiting school masks.

Some say their parents are divided and fear that their child will be exposed to coronavirus without the obligation to mask, while others say that the child is at little risk and the mask requirements are harmful to the child. .. The Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing masks at school, and children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

In Arizona, a coalition of educators and allies has public school districts impose mask requirements, universities require students to be vaccinated, and community vaccination passports to enter large events, businesses, and other places. I challenged the law prohibiting the establishment of. He also challenged the widespread disabling of other local antivirus measures.

The Union argued that many Arizona children would get sick with COVID-19 if the new law were not thwarted. The restrictions were written in a state budgetary measure passed near the end of the legislative council with only the support of the majority of Republicans.

The judge said the law violated the constitutional requirement that the content of the law be contained in its title and be limited to a single subject. State lawyers argued that all provisions relate to spending on education and health, and that Congress does not need to be more specific.

“That’s not right,” Cooper wrote. “Parliament has the discretion to title the bill, but once you choose a title, you need to limit its content to the means reasonably relevant to the title and form one general subject.”

A spokesman for Republican Governor Doug Duchy called the ruling “apparently an example of a judicial overkill” and vowed to sue.

“The Arizona government is run by three branches, and it is the legislature’s sole obligation and authority to organize itself and enact legislation,” CJ Karamagin said in a statement. “Unfortunately, today’s decision is the result of a fraudulent judge interfering with the authority and process of another government agency.”

A law banning mask obligations in public schools was scheduled to come into effect on Wednesday. The ruling was reassuring for districts in need of masks, accounting for more than 334,000 students and nearly 500 schools.

Court cases have had widespread implications for Congress, which has long ignored the constitutional requirement that the draft budget deal only with spending items. Legislators stuffed them with policy items, and this year the majority of Republicans were particularly aggressive.

The overall budgetary measure, which acted as a catch-all for the conservative policy wish list, turned out to be unconstitutional on Monday and another law unrelated to COVID-19 prevention efforts. It forbids the use of national money to teach critical racial theory. This is an idea of ​​American history centered on the idea that racial discrimination is systematic in national institutions and functions to maintain white rule.

Judge pointed out to overturn the rules of a single subject SB1898, A bill filled with Republican policy wishes. It included what she called “multiple irrelevant subjects,” such as dog racing, the governor’s emergency authority, and local COVID-19 measures.

“Neither of these subjects has a logical relationship with each other, nor does it” fit into any general idea, “” Cooper wrote.

Other parts of the law would have registered voters in the state’s Game and Fish Department and set up a special legislative committee to review the outcome of the Arizona Senate. Partisan audit for the 2020 election..

State lawyers say that the Constitution does not require legislators to specify each item that includes direct spending in the budget bill, and a ruling that Congress agrees to violate the Constitution is an irrelevant policy item. Said that it could overturn the long-standing budgetary measures that were added.