TX Ebola Bill More Scary Than Ebola?

Kathie Glass, Libertarian Party Candidate for TX Governor

Kathie Glass, 2014 Libertarian Party Candidate for TX Governor

The campaign for Texas governor may be over, but Kathie Glass continues to work for liberty for Texans by monitoring the performance of Gov. Greg Abbott.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Texas House’s Committee on Public Health will hear the bill from hell: SB538. Ms. Glass will testify against the bill.

SB538 would give the Texas governor the power to declare an ill-defined “infectious disease emergency.” Such a declaration would trigger unprecedented and unconstitutional powers of the commissioner of state health services to — without warrant, probable cause, or (initially) court order — detain any person suspected of having been exposed to a communicable disease — and not necessarily the one for which the governor has declared an emergency. Such individuals may be detained, hospitalized, and/or (apparently) forced to undergo treatment without consent. The “head of a facility” is also given certain detention powers.

Will you be one who “cannot remain at liberty” under SB538?

“No governor or agency should have such power over Texans,” said Kathie Glass. “I call on Governor Abbott to denounce this bill and state that he does not want, does not need, and would not exercise its power.”

Last year’s Ebola scare gave Texas much to think about, but SB538 is not the answer. Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

“Have we learned nothing from the hastily-passed Patriot Act, or the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA, in which we gave away fundamental freedoms in the vain pursuit of elusive security?” asked Ms. Glass.

Gov. Abbott should call for the defeat of SB538.

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