Governor Asa Hutchinson is proposing legislation to get mask mandates in schools. His plan is to make local school boards the scapegoats for mask mandates by giving them the authority to require masks in their schools.
Asa calls it local control and thinks this will help him get more legislators to vote for the mandate by fixing it where they can duck responsibility for the mandates by blaming school boards. The real local control is keeping the ban on mask mandates and letting parents decide for their own children.
How Many Legislators Does Asa Need To Flip?
To pass his mandate, Asa will have to flip at least 19 Representatives and 2 Senators who just a few months ago voted to prohibit state and local governments from imposing mask mandates. That was Act 1002 of 2021 (SB590) by Senator Trent Garner.
Mass Flipping On Earlier Bill Giving Relief From Asa’s Covid Edicts
Getting at least 19 Representatives to flip may seem like a big hurdle but Asa was able to overcome similar odds earlier this year on SB301 by Senator Dan Sullivan which would have returned fines imposed under Asa’s emergency COVID rules. The bill passed both houses but Asa vetoed the bill. Overriding Asa’s veto looked like a sure thing since 69 Representatives had voted for the bill and only 51 were needed to override his veto. But Asa’s pressure got 28 Representatives to flip and not vote for the override. This meant the veto override failed.
Who Will Asa Target To Flip On Masks?
Obviously, Asa will target anyone he has leverage over, but don’t you think his first target will be the same legislators he was able to flip on the bill to give back fines? Of the 28 flippers, 23 of them voted to prohibit mask mandates and they will be Asa’s prime targets. Here is the list of the 23: Boyd, Bragg, Breaux, Brown, Coleman, Crawford, Eaves, Eubanks, Evans, L. Fite, Hawks, Holcomb, Jean, L. Johnson, Ladyman, Lynch, Maddox, McNair, S. Smith, Tosh, Vaught, Wardlaw, and Wooten
In the Senate where Asa needs two Senators to flip, only Senator Hester flipped on the bill to give back fines.
Because Asa will likely target these Representatives and the Senator, please give them your support for standing firm on prohibiting any government mask mandate! Don’t let Asa pressure them into become known as “CAREER FLIPPERS.”
Asa will also try to flip other legislators, so all legislators who voted to prohibit mask mandates need your support for standing firm. Who voted to prohibit mask mandates? Here is how each Senator and each Representative voted.
Asa Could Win
Governor Hutchison likely thinks he has the votes to make school boards the scapegoats for imposing mask mandates, otherwise he would not have announced a special session to consider the legislation.
You need to let your Senator and Representative know your opinion on Asa’s plan to make school boards the scapegoats. Time is short!