What an incredibly unsafe, wrong, and hypocritical vote by the North Dakota House on HR 1323. If adopted, the bill would prohibit state and local governments from instituting mask mandates like the ones most of us observed to keep COVID at bay.

Gov. Burgum had the power to do a statewide mandate, and probably still does, according to the state Constitution.

As far as prohibiting local mandates, where was the right wingers' love of local control when local governments wanted to mandate masks before the state did?

Republican bill sponsor Jeff Hoverson, R, has easily taken over the Number 1 spot in the hotly-contested race among Minot legislators for being the most "diabolically silly."

Here's hoping the Senate will fix this.

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Matthew Gerszewski lives in Minot, N.D.

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