(AbsoluteNews.com) – States and businesses across the US are trying to force Americans to wear masks. The idea is the face coverings help slow the spread of the virus. One state decided to force lawmakers to comply with a rule requiring personal protective equipment (PPE). When one representative refused, he was removed from a legislative session.
On May 20, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 81-27 to boot state Rep. Darren Bailey (R) because he refused to wear a mask. According to the Chicago Tribune, the lawmaker responded, ”I will not,” when others asked him if he was going to wear the face-covering.
The Illinois House voted 81-27 to remove state Rep. Darren Bailey from the legislative session being conducted at the Bank of Springfield Center for failing to follow new House rules requiring members to wear a mask. #twill pic.twitter.com/4LMehArO5v
— Ted Schurter (@TedSchurter) May 20, 2020
Bailey doesn’t just have a problem with the masks, he’s also sued Governor J.B. Pritzker for exceeding his authority by issuing a stay-at-home order. In fact, one day after the lawmaker was removed from the legislative session, his lawsuit was sent to federal court.
New this morning: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has removed Rep. Darren Bailey's lawsuit from state court in Clay County to federal court, one day before a hearing in Clay County that threatened Pritzker's stay-at-home order. pic.twitter.com/f7gjpsflY1
— Jon Seidel (@SeidelContent) May 21, 2020
The Republican lawmaker firmly believes in individual rights and freedoms, just like many other Americans. Is that not his right? The CDC guidelines do not require masks, so why should Bailey have to wear one? A pandemic doesn’t mean the government can stomp all over the rights of the people and that’s the point he seems to be making.
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