PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city has handed a decision declaring itself a “First Amendment Sanctuary” and discovering the governor’s government orders designed to regulate what it refers to because the “Wuhan-origin” coronavirus as unconstitutional.
The Burrillville Town Council handed the measure 5-2 on Wednesday night time.
“When these executive orders infringe on the constitutional rights of the people of Burrillville, I believe the Town Council has a right to protect them and should not fund those executive orders,” stated Councilman Donald Fox, who voted in favor of the measure, according WJAR-TV.
Some have been involved about their impact on the economic system. “Our local businesses, many of them are being crushed by this,” Councilman Stephen Rawson stated.
Councilman Dennis Anderson, who voted in opposition to it, told The Providence Journal he agreed there was some overreach by political leaders, however “I was pretty sure this would get misconstrued and create unnecessary controversy.”
A spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo defended the chief orders.
“The measures we’ve taken — which are fully constitutional — have drastically slowed the spread of the virus, saved lives, and allowed for the gradual reopening of our economy,” Audrey Lucas stated in an announcement.
Burrillville, with about 16,000 residents, declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” final 12 months.