St. Clair County Board to weigh health and welfare resolution in COVID-19 debate

St. Clair County Board to weigh health and welfare resolution in COVID-19 debate

St. Clair County commissioners may soon take a formal stance on some forms of COVID-19 health orders — at least, on paper — after asking the county’s attorney to look at language for a health and welfare resolution this week. But officials said they aren’t sure yet what that measure will look like and that, whatever it includes, it won’t supersede existing state or federal rules. After well more than two hours of public comment at county board meeting Thursday, where plenty of residents were against broad mandates for things like masks or vaccines, Chairman Jeff Bohm said they would just be making a statement rather than enforcing a new rule of law. “Resolutions, they’re not binding. We can pass a resolution saying we want to tell all the employers of St. Clair (County) they can’t have mask mandates. (But we cannot force) an employer if they want to have a mask mandate,” he said. “These resolutions are purely political statements essentially being made by commissioners.” Bohm elaborated on the issue when asked early Friday, adding county-level boards taking steps against some mandates is something not unique to St. Clair County. He compared it to the measure passed by the board in early 2020 supporting Second Amendment gun rights after similar resolutions swept counties statewide. Gary Fletcher, the county’s attorney, said they will draft a resolution that was specific to St. Clair County. He told commissioners Thursday, “It needs to reflect what you want, not what I want.” He […]

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