“We are not in an emergency at the moment. Most Hoosiers Are Moving On ”Indiana Lawmakers End Governor Holcomb’s Emergency Order | New
INDIANA (WTHI) – Three Republican lawmakers in the Wabash Valley have co-authored a bill to help end Indiana’s state of public health emergency.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says it’s still necessary.
State Representative Alan Morrison of Brazil told News 10 he was not happy with Governor Holcomb.
It comes after the governor extended Indiana’s public health emergency for the 21st time.
Since then, three state officials in the region have co-authored a bill to limit Governor Holcomb’s emergency powers. They are Bob Heaton from Terre Haute, Alan Morrison from Brazil and Bruce Borders from Jasonville, all Republicans.
House Bill 1001 would allow Governor Holcomb’s public health emergency to expire.
This bill also includes language that would also require Indiana businesses to agree to medical and religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine.
Republican state representative Alan Morrison of Brazil said it was time to move forward with the pandemic restrictions.
âWhen we are under an emergency order, the governor has an inordinate number of powers, which we have given him, no doubt. But we are not in an emergency right now. Hoosiers have moved on, âMorrison said.
Governor Holcomb said the disagreement was not about the concept of the bill, but simply how it should be treated constitutionally.
âI never said I disagreed with their intention, just that there was a way, I thought, constitutionally, that only the people of Indiana can change the constitution,â Holcomb said.
Representative Morrison said there had not been much dialogue between the two sides and he was growing increasingly frustrated.
âWe haven’t seen leadership from the governor or the senate on the emergency ordinance or on the management of immunization warrants,â Morrison said.
Governor Holcomb says he has spoken to Republican lawmakers.
He says his goals with the order are to help put pandemic-related issues like higher suicide rates and drug overdoses behind us.
âAll of these other issues that stem from a time of uncertainty and insecurity in some ways is what I look forward to. Seeing it in the rearview mirror,â said Holcomb.
Morrison tells News 10 that they hope this will be fixed by January 4.
News 10 has reached out to the Democratic Party to get its take on the matter.
They declined to comment.
We also contacted the Vigo County Health Department to see what they thought about the order.
They did not come back with us.