The Ohio House State and Local Government Committee Thursday passed Senate Bill 311, legislation that would limit the powers of the Department of Health.
 
State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro), a member of the House State and Local Government Committee, voted to pass the bill out of committee. As a result, Senate Bill 311 will be heard and voted on the House floor Thursday. 
 
Senate Bill 311 specifically prohibits the Department of Health from issuing a general, mandatory statewide or regional quarantine or isolation order that applies to and is enforced against individuals who have not been either directly exposed to or medically diagnosed with the disease that is the subject of the order.
 
“It is imperative that we as Ohio’s leaders stand up for the constituents and businesses in our communities,” said Wilkin. “Senate Bill 311 is similar to House Bill 621, which was passed out of the House yesterday, because it protects Ohioans and gives them the freedoms they deserve. Ohioans deserve more bills like this, and that is why I was proud to vote to pass Senate Bill 311 out of committee today. I look forward to voting to pass Senate Bill 311 out of the House later this afternoon.”
 
The legislation also allows the General Assembly to adopt a concurrent resolution to rescind certain Ohio Department of Health orders or rules for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases.
 
Senate Bill 311 passed through committee along party lines with a vote of 9-5. It now heads to the House floor to be voted on during Thursday’s 1 p.m. session. An updated press release will be sent following the bill’s vote on the House floor.

State Representative Shane Wilkin is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed during the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 91st Ohio House District, serving residents of Clinton, Highland and Pike counties, as well as residents in a portion of Ross County.