The Overland lawsuit is the second in which attorneys are seeking to block the law.
Last week, attorneys for Cooper County asked a different Cole County judge to block the law over concerns about provisions affecting the regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.
Similarly, attorney Stephen Jeffery, who represents Cooper County, argued it violated the state constitution’s single subject rule.
Judge Daniel Green said he would issue a ruling in that case this week.
Regarding the health orders, the legislation allows a local health agency to issue public health orders — similar to the type issued during the pandemic — for no longer than 30 days before a county’s governing body must act to extend the order by a simple majority.
If there is no declared state of emergency by the Missouri governor, the local governing board would have to approve extension of the order by a two-thirds vote after 21 days.
The limits on local health orders took effect immediately after Gov. Mike Parson signed the measure on June 15 because lawmakers added an emergency clause to the legislation.
The bill also forbids governments from requiring “COVID-19 passports” by requiring someone to show proof of vaccination to access a transportation system or other public accommodation.
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