JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed legislation that limits the authority of local government leaders to issue public health orders. The bill also prohibits local COVID-19 vaccine passports for residents using public services.
According to a release, HB 271 says "political subdivisions may only issue public health orders that directly or indirectly restrict access to businesses, churches, schools or other places of assembly for 30 calendar days in a 180-day period when the governor has declared a state of emergency."
The bill says those orders can be extended more than once with a majority vote by the local governing body.
Without a state of emergency issued, local leaders can only limit access to businesses, churches, schools or other places of assembly for 21 calendar days in a 180-day period. That order can be extended more than once with a two-thirds vote by the local governing body.
In addition to the power limits, Parson signed legislation that prohibits county or municipal governments that receive public funding from imposing COVID-19 vaccine passports in order for residents to access transportation systems or other public services.
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