In order to have an accurate understanding of the two bills, we dissected both and the following is our summary:
- S2028 is an incredibly broad piece of legislation that:
- does not define what constitutes a ‘public health emergency;
- strips the citizens of Massachusetts of core constitutional rights such as your right to be free from unreasonable searches, your right to protect your property, and your right to privacy; and
- authorizes the Commissioner to ‘take immediate possession from any source’ anti-toxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics … necessary to respond to the emergency.'
- H4275 is more reasonable and includes provisions that protect individual rights.
- Commissioner needs Governor approval “to take action and incur such liabilities as the commissioner may consider necessary for the maintenance of public health and the prevention of disease.”
- A ‘public health emergency’ is defined;
- Prior to administering a vaccination or medication, a medical professional or volunteer shall inform the consumer of any possible side effects. If no side effects are known at the time of the administration of the vaccination or medication, the consumer shall be informed of that as well;” and
- a judicial review process for isolation and quarantine orders.
To learn more about these two pieces of legislation download our comparative analysis: Massachusetts_Comparative_Analysis
If you are a resident of Massachusetts, Contact your Representative to ensure your constitutional rights are protected.