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Colorado GOP leader seeks to overturn guv’s pandemic orders

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s House Republican minority leader and a conservative activist are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a mask-wearing order and other measures by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Denver Post reports that Rep. Patrick Neville and Michelle Malkin filed the lawsuit late Wednesday. They argue that Polis violated the Constitution’s separation of powers provisions by declaring a public emergency enabling him to issue a series of executive orders to confront the pandemic.

The suit seeks to overturn several public health orders, including a state mandate requiring mask-wearing in certain public spaces. The use of masks has been cited by federal and state health authorities as key to slowing the transmission of the virus.

Defendants include Polis and the heads of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, El Paso County Public Health and the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment.

Public health orders crafted or issued by unelected officials with those agencies, the suit contends, are causing “unjust injury to the fundamental civil rights, liberty interests, and property rights” of Coloradans.

Polis defended his actions in a statement late Wednesday.

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