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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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6 responses to Pennsylvania Senator Wants $5,000 Fines for Face Mask Violations

  1. Frank January 7th, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Meanwhile in Florida you are free to choose, mask or no mask, everything is open, yet their numbers are no worse per capita than Pa and maybe even better. Opposite is true for California, New York. Lockdown central yet their numbers continue to be terrible. Just an observation. I wear a mask everywhere, except in my home, and we get plenty of company. Nobody feels the need to virtue signal when they visit.

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  2. PTFloridians January 7th, 2021 at 8:42 am

    …meanwhile, in Florida…

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  3. Geralynn matta January 7th, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Even a dog owner can choose to muzzle their pooch.

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  4. dmn January 16th, 2021 at 9:06 am

    It never ceases to amaze me to the high level of delusion a person can achieve. The level od stupid on display by this senator is, well, stupendous.

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  5. PTFloridians January 16th, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    …rich Democrat Senator from Philly…says it all.

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  6. Robert Kernodle February 21st, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    I would state this elegantly, but this level of stupid does not deserve my best attempts. The senator is utterly, decisively, and irreconcilably stupid as a potato.

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