Pennsylvania Senator Wants $5,000 Fines for Face Mask Violations
A Pennsylvania State Senator wants face mask violations to be punished with an exorbitant fine of up to $5,000.
State Sen. Art Haywood (Democrat, 4th District) has introduced a co-sponsorship memorandum and if his legislation is passed, people could face fines if they violate Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s emergency orders to wear a face mask.
Pennsylvania State Senator Wants $5,000 Fines for Face Mask Violations
“To stop the spread of this highly contagious and deadly disease, wearing face coverings in public must be enforceable,” reads Haywood’s memorandum posted on Tuesday.
Haywood cites previous legislation that was introduced in Pennsylvania to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
“We adopted 18 Pa. C.S. § 5902 to stop the reckless exposure of HIV/AIDS. Similarly, my legislation is intended to stop the reckless exposure to COVID-19. Failing to adhere to the face covering requirements of a disaster emergency will result in a summary offense with a fine up to $5,000. Now is the time to act to require that we stop the reckless spread of COVID-19,” the memo continues.
This is not the first time Haywood has tried to introduce legislation that would enforce the face mask mandate first introduced in the Spring of 2020. Back in September, according to a PhillyVoice.com report, Haywood introduced a bill that would make face mask violations a second-degree misdemeanor penalty. That, obviously, went nowhere.
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