New York Legislative Assembly Bill 416: Sweeping Public Health Measures

Although not yet law and without even a co-sponsor of Bill 416, the bill grants sweeping powers such as:

  • Removal and detention of cases contacts and carriers who may be a danger to public health in the event that the governor declares a state of health emergency due to an epidemic of any communicable disease
  • Persons or groups of persons can be detained in a medical facility or other “appropriate” facility for as long as the department of health may direct as long as the person is contagious
  • If the person or group is ordered to be detained for less than 3 business days that person or group I entitled to a hearing
  • Should a detention order be greater than 3 business days the group or person subject to the detention order requests a release the governor must obtain an order the governor must obtain a court order authorizing the detention. The governor can keep extending the detention order upon further court orders provided hearings are granted to the person or group
  • The governor may make orders requiring enforcement of any order which is “necessary or appropriate” to prevent spread of a communicable disease including forced quarantine, testing, examination, treatment, vaccination, medical treatment
  • Forced medication shall require a court order

So the question is whether this amounts to good public health control or a violation of civil rights an argument I will not delve into but I recall in Canada there is no power, at this point, to compel vaccination or a specific medical treatment or to compel confinement to a medical facility.

You may recall that recently the New York State Bar recommended compulsory COVID vaccinations.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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