MEHPAModel State Emergency Health Powers Act (CDC anti-bioterrorism draft law)
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So far about two dozen states have enacted MEHPA into law.
MEHPA highlights the difficult tradeoffs of balancing individual liberty with community security.
The original draft of the MEHPA authorizes governors to declare states of emergency, which legislatures may not challenge for 60 days.
Alarmingly, the MEHPA is already popping up in state legislatures across the country, generally reproduced verbatim from the CDC original, except for cosmetic references to state law and facilities.