In the aftermath of the controversy, a week-long debate, the Anchorage Assembly passed an emergency law on Tuesday night demanding that people in the city wear masks in public places – and Mayor Dave Bronson on Wednesday fulfilled his voting vow.
“The heart of Alaska’s liberation struggle is the idea of self-defense from civil liberties and the right to liberation,” the mayor said in a statement. “Parliament’s actions show a lack of respect for the public, public order, and the privacy of all citizens.”
The Assembly may – and likely – win the mayor’s vote by a majority of eight votes. Conference leaders announced a meeting at 5 pm Thursday in the parliamentary constituencies to consider vote increases.
A new emergency law requiring masks was approved by Parliament in a 9-1 vote on Tuesday evening. It came after six days of meetings there’s a special mask tie, that was dragged out for two weeks as angry protesters staged protests and violence erupted between Bronson’s administration and Parliament. At one point, the mayor pulled out a state of emergency by allowing the use of the Davidic Stars to protest the required violence. (Bronson later released a note saying “if I offend anyone, I’m really sorry.”) Finally, a meeting on Friday was canceled after two members of the Bronson administration tested the CVVID-19 virus.
A new feature of this Massage version is the revised version of the original massage. It went into effect immediately on Tuesday after voting, but is no longer working following the mayor’s vote on Wednesday. It will return to work if the Assembly wins the vote on Thursday.
Commenting on the ongoing crisis in Alaska hospitals as the state of ECVID-19 government remains high, the emergency law requires people in Anchorage to wear masks or face masks in public places. It is in operation for 60 days, until three Anchorage hospitals have stopped operating under the care of 14 consecutive days, or until the city has no high-level or large-scale localization for 14 consecutive days.
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It also has a number of exemptions, such as for children under the age of five and for people who are unable to wear a veil due to mental or physical disability, at churches and other religious gatherings, and by athletes. Bronson and his senior team would also be pardoned.
“This is not about wanting the mayor to wear a veil. This is for the good of our community, “said Conference member Meg Zaletel, who introduced the agreement with member Pete Petersen.
“Deceptive and wicked”
An emergency order was placed on the table in the middle Tuesday evening is a regular meeting, and there was no announcement that it would be taken from the meeting.
Assembly member Crystal Kennedy voted against it. Assembly member Jamie Allard, who convened a meeting and strongly opposed the demands of the by-elections, voted against 9-2 in the first round but, due to a roadmap, members voted again. Allard, after an heated argument with Vice Chairman Chris Constant, did not participate in the second round, resulting in the final 9-1 tally. Nine members of Parliament had to vote in favor of an emergency bill to pass it.
The Assembly was not required to hear public evidence on the emergency treaty, and they adjourned a meeting scheduled for Wednesday to hear further public comment on the initial masking law.
Bronson broke up the Assembly on social media Tuesday night after voting and vowed to vote. The mayor followed Wednesday, calling Parliament’s move “hypocritical and evil.”
“People have been told that there will be a public witness this week. Instead, the Anchorage Assembly shut down public evidence, made a bait and switch, and hid in their wishes. They have made their agenda clear: shut down people, shut down public order, and push the heavy hand of public services to your health choices, ”Bronson said.
In a statement issued after Tuesday’s meeting, parliamentarians said they had “made a concerted effort to maintain public order” and to listen to public action before taking action on the mask law.
“However, the public has been harassed by members of our community who have plotted to prevent the Assembly from shifting those views into the necessary action,” he said. “After listening to and listening to the evidence presented, we have concluded that we have enough data to make an informed decision that represents the interests of the public.”
Parliament’s scrutiny of the original predetermined bill dominated the segment with attempts by masked opponents to issue a motion and prevent the Assembly from voting. In addition to the hundreds who came forward to testify, thousands also provided written evidence on the treaty – many of them supporting the need for a mask, according to Conference member Austin Quinn-Davidson.
Altogether, members of Parliament heard in public and telephone testimony from 276 people and received more than 4,000 written statements, Conference Chair Suzanne LaFrance said.
“Evidence was important in helping to finalize the emergency law passed,” he said.
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An emergency law was scheduled to be introduced during Wednesday’s cancellation meeting, LaFrance said. Assembly members can go and set something on the table at any time during the meetings, he said.
“It’s hard to imagine how the Assembly meetings will go in terms of what will be on the table, what will be voted on, what will be moved forward,” he said.
“Reasons to Remember”
The General Assembly has said Bronson will not be able to comply with the treaty. In his speech Wednesday, Bronson noted the lack of a definitive outcome of the violation of the mask requirement.
“Please note, no fines, no fees and no sanctions for violating this law,” Bronson said. “This is just another attempt by our Parliament to force the people of Anchorage to do their bidding without hearing from anyone who wanted to testify or take part in a public event.”
Constant said the treaty “relies on the will of the people to do their part” and that he believes most citizens will obey the law.
But, Constant stressed, if the mayor does not enforce the law, “it is certainly a reason to remember.”
There are significant differences between the resolution given Tuesday evening and the first mask resolution considered by the Conference within the past two weeks. For example, the first mask rule tied its end until the city drops from a high or high level of EVID-19 transmission warning.
The first law also defined fines ranging from $ 50 to $ 300 for initial violations. The recent passing of the mask does not specify a fine; it simply states that the city “reserves the right to use all available options in pursuit of security.”
This new ordinance now in force does not include every case of coercion, in which a citizen can send a written complaint to the obedient mayor. That was in the version of the first contract and it pulled a strong push from the witnesses saying it would compete with the neighbor.
Other changes that have included public response include the ban on sports, churches and people with disabilities, Zaletel said.
Statewide and in Anchorage, COVID-19 case numbers have dropped slightly on average from close-ups in recent weeks, part of the ability to establish what health officials say they are continuing to pay close attention to. Many important symptoms – such as seven days of case scans, testing positivity and clinical numbers – are still on the steps seen during the last viral infection, when vaccines were not yet widely available. On Wednesday, Alaska reported 1,239 new cases and a small increase in hospitals.
Pressure on Anchorage hospital level has declined slightly as the number of COVID-19 patients has dropped since the epidemic has risen and foreign government-licensed health workers began arriving in recent weeks, but the president of a public hospital association on Wednesday noted facilities in Alaska “still very worried.” Twenty health facilities around the country, including three Anchorage hospitals, have set up standards of care, although not all of them are working in times of crisis and any pre-existing treatment options are dirty and daily.
Dr. Michael Savitt, chief medical officer at the Anchorage Health department, spoke out against the new mask law. Bronson and Savitt both cited a recent decline in reading and hospital status as another reason to remove the mask statement.
“As a tribute to the Assembly, because you asked us to wear masks, I wore them. I don’t need permission to wear a mask, ”said Savitt. “The issue is that we have been going down for about a month without permission to lock ourselves up.”
In response, MP Kameron Perez-Verdia, chairman of the health committee, said he urged Savitt to “give us his medical advice and not his political advice.”
Accounting cases are still very high and hospitals are still operating under health problems, Perez-Verdia said.
“We need to take action now. This is a reasonable approach, knowing that it is a period of 60 days. Agreement, “he said.
Assembly member John Weddleton, who had not been in favor of the city’s past interests, said he supported the law because its demise is bound up with hospital capacity and precautionary measures.
“When we hit a number of hospitals, it is not a matter of people not protecting themselves and so on. This becomes everyone’s story, and we hit it off. We have a problem, ”said Weddleton. “There are people who are being denied custody. We have heard from hospital officials that they are at a critical juncture. ”
Most of the evidence on the selected mask bond remains open.
“That is the goal of moving forward in the future, to continue to hear the public,” Zaletel said. “I think we should first see if the emergency law will come back to work tomorrow with a vote. I fully assume it will. ”
Assembly will continue to review the state of public health in the next 60 days while the emergency law is in place, he said.
“We hope we don’t see why we might want to take another law again,” he said.
But, if the COVID-19 situation worsens again, “the tool we have,” said Zaletel.
[Read the text of the emergency ordinance below.]