MA House could vote on radical "Pandemic control bill" S2028 this Thursday -- possibly become law by weekend!
Would give MA broad powers to enter & search homes, take property, detain people without warrants if Governor declares "emergency"
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State already hiring hundreds of health care workers to work during "state of emergency"
Should people take swine flu vaccine if ordered by state? Is it safe?
October 5, 2009
The "Pandemic control bill" S2028 will likely be taken out of the House Ways and Means Committee this week and voted on by the full House on Thursday, a committee staffer told MassResistance today. If it passed, it could be signed by the Governor by this weekend.
As fears of an H1N1 swine flu epidemic emerged, a draconian "pandemic control bill" has surfaced that would give broad extra-constitutional powers to the state to enter and search houses, take property, detain people, order vaccinations and more during a declared "state of emergency." This bill re-writes or repeals a large number of Massachusetts statutes. It gives broad extra-legal powers to the unelected Commissioner of Public Health during such emergencies (declared by the Governor) and sets penalties for non-compliance at $1000.00 per day and jail time.
DPH working behind the scenes to get it passed
In recent weeks, as public outrage grew stronger and this gained national attention, the bill seem to get stalled in the House Ways and Means Committee. A number of legislators have expressed concern about the bill publicly. But the Department of Public Health, as they admit on web postings, has been working behind the scenes with House staffers to get the bill back on the fast track. Last month the DPH initiated an internal PR campaign with the Legislature, sending them letters and emails and meeting with them, to persuade them that citizens' fears were unfounded.
DPH talking points to counter citizen outrage
The DPH's reasons that citizens fears are unfounded generally fall into two categories. Here's what they're telling people:
2. "Although Bill S2028 gives the state broad extra-constitutional powers, we can trust our government not to abuse that."
Also: The proponents claim that bill S2028 is actually LESS oppressive than the current statutes. That assertion is simply false. Anyone who compares the current statutes to the bill will see that pretty clearly. (Interestingly, when pressed they don't defend that too vigorously!)
Contact your State Representative NOW
These legislators unfortunately have a long history of ignoring both the federal and state constitutions -- and the wishes of their constituents. It's time we reminded them who pays their salaries. Call and email your state representative now.
State appears to be preparing for passage of S2028. Hiring hundreds of health care workers to work during "state of emergency"
The state seems to already be preparing for the passage of S2028 and the ensuing vaccination and quarantine of citizens. We've recently noticed that many of the job listings on the state website, particularly those for medical providers, have a paragraph that says:
This position is designated as an "EMERGENCY" position in the Department of Developmental Services' Emergency Plan. This means that whenever the Governor declares that the Commonwealth is in a state of emergency, you will be required to report to work.
There are also specific job listings that would appear to be for an upcoming state of emergency. For example, Job Listing #J16791 (link below) is for 99 registered nurses. At the top of the posting it says it's for the Glavin Regional Center, but lower down it lists 20 different locations. The Glavin Regional Center is a mental health facility in Shrewsbury that is slated to be closed down next year. However, bill S2028 refers to mental health facilities as places where people may be quarantined. And this posting has the "emergency" paragraph above.
DPH ready to move fast
The Department of Public Health has already put together their plans and paperwork for getting this off the ground.
We'll keep you posted on what happens on Thursday!
Should people take swine flu vaccine if ordered by state?
There is a lot of very serious concern about the swine flu vaccination -- not only currently, but going back over 30 years! Besides the questions of whether or not there is an actual "pandemic" (never defined), whether or not H1N1 is serious enough to warrant such a panic, and whether or not the vaccine is safe or effective, how would the DPH know for sure who had it and who didn't? The idea that the state might force people to take an unproven vaccine under threat of quarantine is frightening, to say the least.