MINOT, N.D. — A group of North Dakota lawmakers have sent Gov. Doug Burgum a letter asking him to rescind certain executive orders related to quarantines and other restrictions issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“While recognizing Executive Branch authority to act in the time of a bona fire emergency within the bounds of the North Dakota Century Code, the North Dakota Constitution, and the United States Constitution, as members of the Legislative Branch, we are concerned primarily with protecting our state citizens’ rights to life, liberty, and property,” the letter reads. “As you have said, the state of North Dakota is at less than 1% of hospital capacity. The stable and low number of new COVID-19 cases per day in the state as reported by the ND Department of Health underscores this fact, and removes any perceived need to continue select executive orders.”
Here’s the full text, which was provided to me by Rep. Luke Simons, R-Dickinson, who is also one of the signatories: