MEHPAModel State Emergency Health Powers Act (CDC anti-bioterrorism draft law)
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The document enthusiastically recommends the MEHPA, which "would give state officials broad powers to close buildings, take over hospitals and order quarantines during a biological attack.
In yielding to federal demands to conform with national guidelines and standards, the real danger behind the MEHPA drive is precisely that the states are ceding power and precedent for further federal encroachment to hysteria-mongers in Washington, who view state autonomy with narrow suspicion and seize upon any national emergency, real or feigned, to attack state sovereignty.
MEHPA highlights the difficult tradeoffs of balancing individual liberty with community security.
So far about two dozen states have enacted MEHPA into law.