Rep. Nisly has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 2 declaring that the COVID emergency has ended. Gov. Holcomb’s actions to mitigate the impact of COVID on Indiana have largely been taken under the authority of Indiana’s disaster emergency law, IC 10-14-3. IC 10-14-3-12 allows the General Assembly to terminate a declaration of public emergency by means of a concurrent resolution. (A concurrent resolution is one that’s passed by both the House and Senate.) HCR 2 declares that “the various restrictions imposed upon the residents of Indiana to implement the state of disaster emergency are no longer necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Indiana.” Instead, Hoosiers can simply protect themselves!
By way of reminder:
This is what the State’s recent COVID history looks like as Rep. Nisly asks the General Assembly to declare that even the relatively mild restrictions the Governor has put in place are unnecessary. Nisly’s argument that Hoosiers know enough about COVID that they can now protect themselves and their families against the disease is disingenuous and specious. It deliberately ignores that people are invisible vectors of this lethal disease. When an individual chooses not to wear a mask in public, it puts my family in danger. It creates a greater risk that I will pick up the disease from someone and unknowingly transmit it to my family and friends. It cedes public spaces to the most reckless among us. It’s like saying that stop lights are now optional, and that I should stay off the roads if I don’t like it.
Nisly and his fellow travelers want to characterize themselves as champions of liberty. But the fact is that libertarians never seem to have good plans for drainage, pollution, public health, or any other situation involving a destructive agent that doesn’t respect property lines or bodily integrity.