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Here are excerpts from Florida's version:


You all may want to find out if your state has passed this draconian legislation. I believe approx 39 states have thus far.

Also known as The Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA), SB 1262 was passed in Florida in 2002:

An act relating to public health; amending s. 381.0011, F.S.; revising the rulemaking authority of the Department of Health with respect to its power to impose quarantine, including requiring vaccination; authorizing the State Health Officer to order that an individual be examined, tested, vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for certain communicable diseases under specified circumstances;

I quote from this piece of legislation:

381.0011 Duties and powers of the Department of Health.—It is the duty of the Department of Health to:

(6) Declare, enforce, modify, and abolish quarantine of persons, animals, and premises as the circumstances indicate for controlling communicable diseases or providing protection from unsafe conditions that pose a threat to public health, except as provided in ss. 384.28 and 392.545-392.60.

(a) The department shall adopt rules to specify the conditions and procedures for imposing and releasing a quarantine. The rules must include provisions related to:

1. The closure of premises.

2. The movement of persons or animals exposed to or infected with a communicable disease.

3. The tests or prophylactic treatment, including vaccination, for communicable
disease required prior to employment or admission to the premises or to comply with a quarantine.

7. Methods of quarantine.

(b) Any health regulation that restricts travel or trade within the state may not be adopted or enforced in this state except by authority of the department.

The State Health Officer, upon declaration of a public health emergency, may take actions that are necessary to protect the public health. Such actions include, but are not limited to:

4. Ordering an individual to be examined, tested, vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for communicable diseases that have significant morbidity or mortality and present a severe danger to public health. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to be examined, tested, vaccinated or treated for reasons of health, religion or conscience may be subjected to quarantine.

a. Examination, testing, vaccination, or treatment may be performed by any qualified person authorized by the State Health Officer.

b. If the individual poses a danger to the public health, the State Health Officer may subject the individual to quarantine. If there is no practical method to quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.