Improving Local Government Accountability

Improving Local Government Accountability

Friday, February 5, 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic took effect, local health departments have had to make many tough decisions, like putting limitations on gatherings and businesses in order to reduce the spread of the disease.

While working with the best intentions, these appointed health board members are making major policy decisions, rather than elected officials.

To address this issue, Senate Bill 5 would allow a person subject to a local health order issued during a state disaster emergency to appeal the matter to the local legislative body. This would help ensure that the leaders elected by local citizens have the final say on health orders that affect the whole community.

SB 5 is not intended to be critical of any local health officials, but instead aims to improve government accountability. This bill would give the voters, who hold elected officials accountable, a voice during major health order decisions.

To follow SB 5 through the legislative process and view other bills being considered this legislative session, click here