The Park County GOP is asking county public health officer Dr. Aaron Billin to rescind the county mask mandate. 

The resolution comes on the heels of a statement from the state Republican Committee opposing Gov. Mark Gordon’s state of emergency regarding the coronavirus, which gives him power to enact statewide rules related to COVID-19.

“We believe this mandate is unacceptable, outrageous and most importantly unconstitutional in a Constitutional Representative Republic,” the resolution reads in part. “In light of the resolution passed by the numerous county republican parties, the combined resolution of the Wyoming Republican Party, and the unconstitutional circumvention of our elected officials by the state and Park County health officer, we call on Dr. Billin to rescind his order immediately.”

Billin’s mask order went into effect Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 4. He explained the mandate to the county commissioners, none of whom objected, after sending it to the state for approval.

Billin defended his implementation of the mask mandate last week in a Facebook post.

“During this pandemic I have done multiple computerized searches of the medical literature and have yet to find a credible study that suggests that masks don’t reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” he said.

The county GOP executive committee signed the letter, including chair Martin Kimmet, vice chair Bob Ferguson, treasurer Robin Berry, state committeeman Charles Cloud, state committeewoman Sherry Johnson and secretary Vincent Vanata.

In the letter they accused Billin of going around the county’s elected officials to enact the mandate and said Billin had gone beyond the limit to personal actions he had explained on a radio show.

“We are communicating to the Park County health officer that he has exceeded those limitations,” the executive committee wrote.

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SCL

Mask mandate is not unconstitutional. Either do your homework or rely on people who actually know. You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/19a1044_pok0.pdf

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/197/11/#tab-opinion-1921099

Jim Jones

Dear Genius at Law,

No one has made a generic claim that mask mandates are unconstitutional. Ponder that for a while.

CodyBob

For those of you questioning the unconstitutionalit of this order from our health director, you might want to actually READ the Wyoming State constitution. Here is what the Wy Constitution states regarding health matters:

Article 1. Section 38. Right of health care access.

Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions. The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.

There are no provisions in the Wyoming constitution that make all other provisions null and void in the event of a pandemic or any health care emergency.

 

Jim Jones

Bingo! Where would you like your prize delivered?

barbed wire bliss

To the many businesses in Park County that are abiding by the mask order, THANK YOU. Many of us residents (and especially the county health care workers) truly appreciate your efforts and the good will you are showing toward the community. God bless you all.

SayWhatYouMean

This has nothing to do with the constitution. Wearing a mask is simple common decency amid this pandemic; the point being that we all try to protect each other, and it’s astonishing that in this usually thoughtful small community there are those who are so caught up in politics that they don’t care who they might hurt, don’t give a hoot for the lives of at-risk community members, can’t give a thought for those without great health insurance who could be broken by a lengthy hospital stay, and can’t even see that wearing a mask is how we keep businesses OPEN.

codyleo

The mandate goal (guise) is not to overburden hospitals with sick people, right? Ok, seems logical and a reasonable requirement. Just mask up you selfish citizen, it's for the collective community, your neighbors, the elderly, right? Let's use that logic for the next mandate. UP NEXT, mandates on...power use (too burdensome on the grid), fuel (too burdensome on the environment), sunscreen (skin cancer is burdensome on healthcare), keeping lights on at night (the boogyman is real, too burdensome for cops). Drip, drip, drip, there goes your individual liberties, neighbors.

lizziE

This study from the University of Utah says that masks slow the spread AND helps the economy. People who are concerned about the virus are reluctant to go out and about if others aren’t wearing masks. The argument that those people should stay home if they are concerned only harms the economy and local businesses. Setting aside the issue of masks slowing the spread, we should all want to help our local businesses survive and if masks can help them, then I’m in.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/11/23/statewide-mask-mandates/

Mike J

A quick reading of the Wyoming Constitution quickly shows the governor’s and county health orders are not lawful. In fact, the Preamble and first declared right of the people define the Wyoming government as subservient to the people.

PREAMBLE

We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE 1

DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

Sec. 1.Power inherent in the people. All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.

Here are a few other sections that directly show the health orders are violations of the Wyoming Constitution.

Sec. 6.Due process of law. No person shall be deprived of LIFE, LIBERTY or PROPERTY without due process of law.

Sec. 7.No absolute, arbitrary power. Absolute, arbitrary power over the lives, liberty and property of freemen exists nowhere in a republic, not even in the largest majority.

Sec. 21.Right of petition and peaceable assembly. The right of petition, and of the people peaceably to assemble to consult for the common good, and to make known their opinions, shall never be denied or abridged.

Sec. 38.Right of health care access.(a)Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions. The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person.(b)Any person may pay, and a health care provider may accept, direct payment for health care without imposition of penalties or fines for doing so.(c)The legislature (me: NOT THE GOVERNOR) may determine reasonable and necessary restrictions on the rights granted under this section to protect the health and general welfare of the people or to accomplish the other purposes set forth in the Wyoming constitution. (d)The state of Wyoming shall act to preserve these rights from undue governmental infringement.

Fox Blue River

New rule: whenever somebody (especially Trumpers) say something is unconstitutional, let's have the article and section of the constitution that covers this.

In fact, let's start having evidence for arguments.

James Leghorn

Mask mandates should be the least worry of the GOP! The real worry is China and how their control the of the Democrat Party that is effecting our real freedom. The "mentalists" that control the Democrats agenda. One example the Chinese will keep on building coal fired power plants in China and around the world until at least through the year 2060 while ours are closing. Mentalists fighting oil pipelines and oil refineries closing down while China is tying up oil assets around the world and building new oil refineries while the rest of the world is shuttering oil refineries. This all leads to more manufacturing in China and less in the rest of the world so who has the Democrats and the "Mentalists" sold our freedom to but the Chinese Communist Party their controllers.

R.T. Fischer

This is a first in my lifetime to comment on a news article.. I am a lifelong conservative.. I earned it in 1970 wearing a USMC uniform while walking through the San Francisco airport .. Being conservative may I challenge the GOP reasoning here ? The entire pandemic , it's cures , precautions , vaccines , medications , incident reporting , death reporting have ALL fallen into the slimy pit of partisan politics.. For every study in the public venue there is an opposing venue to counter any data made public.. It may be fashionable to mock liberals and their antics .. Mocking fellow seniors at Albertsons for wearing facemasks quickly falls into the area of abuse.. Your statements fan those flames..

In National news Mayo Clinic is featured with 900 Healthcare workers in two weeks time testing positive to covid .. Todays updates indicate they contracted the virus in lunchrooms with their masks off . Mayo points out they did not contract the virus while attending covid patients... Perhaps another study?

If the GOP wants to join the ACLU in a lawsuit to make their point , go ahead and knock yourself out ! In the meantime Please let our county officials do their job and please do not organize any hysterical anti-mask patrols to make your cloudy point in public.

Whatsup

You think our state and counties and cities are begging for money now wait till the lawsuits open up for demanding people to wear masks sure businesses can refuse service to you but then you shop elsewhere it's already affected a few businesses here in town so they decided not to mandate masks and their businesses and they're doing just fine

OreDigger

The Park County GOP can squawk "unconstitutional" all they want, it doesn't make it so. If they truly believe that, they should file a case against Park County. Certainly the area must have a Rudy who'd sign on.

Gunrunner Auctions

Outstanding resolution. I applaud the GOP of Park County. Where is our state rep Sandy Newsome on this mask mandate? She IS a Republican I believe. She's very silent in one of the most controversial issues to ever role through this County. Hmmm.....

Jim Jones

Sandy Newsome is a Republican? I think she's still busy with her hate speech bill. Remember all the credit she took for getting CARES Act funding to local businesses? Not a peep about it since The Enterprise publish a list of the top ten recipients. Sandy's trying to stay under the RINO radar but it won't work this time.

DeweyV

Yes, the countywide mask mandate exists , but has no consequences or even enforcement. Anybody getting fined $ 100 for not wearing a mask here in Park County WY like some other places in the country . E.G. $ 300 in Massachusetts... many . There are presently 39 states that have mandatory facemask regulations in public places currently , most with enforcement attached. More coming. Guess where the virus is surging? --states like North and South Dakota. The Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem is the Mistress of Death for refusing to even think about a facemask mandation . You don;'t want to hear what I think of the spineless governor of Wyoming who hypocritically wails at his citizens for not wearing masks in public but refuses to do anything about it. One stroke of the pen , Mark ...

The signees to this vaccuous letter of protestation from the local GOP rabble is much the same... fierce words but with absolutely no weight or mass. They're just six people with no authority over the issue at hand. Six loud presumptive people, but their red jell-o does not stick to the wall they are throwing it at.

Mask up. It's the right thing to do for the right reason . The Park COunty GOP wants us to do the wrong thing for the wrong reason , which in no way makes it right.

Ignore them , please.

Sully53

Dewey, you should do some research before you spout out stuff you know nothing about. California, the liberal run state with the most restrictive covid mandates has 1,212,127 virus cases and 21,417 deaths. ,0157%. On the other hand South Dakota, the state with no mandates has 74,857 cases and 821 deaths. 0.0109%. So you tell me where Kristi Noem is the Mistress of death. The virus is going to run it's course. A stupid mask mandate isn't going to slow or stop it. The experts have said eventually everyone will have covid at some point. It might not be this year or next year. The experts also say that less than 10 people in the world have had covid-19 twice. So in my non-expert opinion the mask mandates and social distancing are only prolonging the virus. If everyone in the country had the virus today, 99.99% would be over it in a couple weeks. Ant it would be over. Sure, 0.01% would die but according to statistic, that many are dying anyway.

Jim Jones

No, Dewey, it's six people with an opinion based on law and one government employee with no authority to create law. Only a liberal can be this dense.

GWHS71

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mwinslow

I don't understand what constitutional provision they claim this mandate violates.

Jim Jones

Read the Wyoming Constitution. Granted, it's longer than 144 characters - your head might explode.

Jim Jones

The Governor didn't want to take the heat for a mask mandate so he tossed the decision to the counties. Our county supervisors didn't want to take the heat for a mask mandate so they didn't vote on it and tossed the decision to our county health officer who who justifies it by telling us he hasn't found a credible medical study which doesn't support his position. I guess it all depends on the definition of credible.

What the majority of citizens think of both our economy and freedoms being put into the hands of an unelected government apparatchik can be seen their overwhelming compliance to this mask mandate.

SevenBlack

Sounds a lot like pandering to me, and no, it's not unconstitutional.

okthen

THE Park County GOP Constitutional experts huh? A grain of sand on the beach and apparently people who need to catch up with the rest of the Planet. Is it Unconstitutional, then, for a hospital not to treat you for being stupid putting healthcare workers at risk?

Jim Jones

Setting aside your misuse of capitalization and the de minimus face value of your comment, let's examine your poor writing skills: there is no medical treatment for stupidity available at hospitals therefore the constitutionality of denying such treatment is moot.

Freecitizen

Whether or not Dr. Billin recinds the order, it is in fact unconstitutional and masking is still optional on the individual just as it has always been, recinded or not. To have authority to promulgate an enforceable edict, that edict must be law. Law comes from the Legislature unless that body abrogates their job and creates a regulatory arm. Dr. Billen is neither the legislature nor a regulator. It is always nice to see the Republican Party wake from their slumber to "harumph" about something as blatantly in violation of individual liberty as this mandate. Let's see if that massive effort they've just made to rub the sleep from their eyes results in action or just a rapid return to slumber.

codyleo

Finally, some logic in this thread.

XMonkey

"multiple computerized searches of the medical literature and have yet to find a credible study that suggests that masks don’t reduce the transmission"

The key words there are "credible study." In other words, if a study "suggests" that masks don't work, it's not "credible." The virus is now spreading exponentially at the same time that we're being bombarded with this rule and that rule about how, when and where to wear masks. So doing computerized searches to find out whether masks are working is like relying on your computer to tell you what the weather's doing instead of looking out the window, or going outside. Often the actual facts conflict with what the experts are telling us. If we just take a look at what is ACTUALLY happening, rather than relying on this or that study we find in computer searches, it's easy to see that masks are NOT stopping the spread of the virus, but they do have other side effects that are very unpleasant, as "cures" often do, and we rarely hear about those.

Freecitizen

Actually, a very credible study, in fact the ONLY study to use PEOPLE in PUBLIC was recently concluded in Denmark. There was no statistcally significant difference in catching C-19 whether wearing a mask or not. It is one thing to tape a mask on a manequin in a filter cabinet and get 6,000 people to wear or not wear masks in public. Masks of their choice. Worn however they fitted. Fiddled with constantly, and pulled down to make themselves understood in public. THAT is how masks are worn in real life, and the effecacy as shown in this study is "zero".

SayWhatYouMean

You are right. It’s sooo very easy to find the sites that ‘suggest’ conspiracy theories about masks and get confused between actual doctors and political activists. But here’s my question... if you get cancer, are you now going to quit listening to qualified experienced doctors and go looking for political conspiracy sites for a cure?

Wearing a mask is not a big ask. Particularly if you are able to put politics aside in favor of health.

Buff Bill Boat Clubber

Not sure if the mask mandate is right or wrong but, the Park Co GOP has been hijacked by a band of scalliwags

Jim Jones

I can't understand what you typed. Take off your mask and try again.

Whatsup

Look what the mask man date did for Montana they've been on it since April and it hasn't worked for them

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