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Marquette County Board cancels school mask mandate meeting

One board member says the local health officer has the power to authorize the mandate
Marquette County Board meeting on school mask mandates canceled
Marquette County Board meeting on school mask mandates canceled(WLUC)
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 6:21 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - On Thursday, a special Marquette County Board meeting was canceled. The meeting was scheduled to consider a resolution to support any emergency orders the local health officer has in place.

The board chair deemed it unnecessary after Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Republican-written budget provisions that threaten funding for counties with COVID-19 orders are unconstitutional.

One county board member, Bill Nordeen, wanted to clear some confusion surrounding the mask mandate for Marquette County schools and who has the power to authorize it.

“The health officer has the statutory authority,” Nordeen explained. “The health department board cannot override him. The county board has no jurisdiction, whatsoever, to either issue emergency orders or rescind emergency orders.”

Marquette County students Pre-K through 6th grade are required to wear masks while in school until told otherwise by the Marquette County Health Department.

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