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.
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.
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.