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Tague blasts bill that will never become law

Jan 06, 2021 2:30 pm

Paul Kirby is reporting for the Daily Freeman Republican state Assemblymember Chris Tague is highly critical of a bill that proposes detaining people who pose a danger to public health. However, his Democratic counterpart Kevin Cahill points out the bill has no support and that Tague is just grandstanding. The bill "...doesn’t have a co-sponsor, [and] it doesn’t have a Senate sponsor,” said the Kingston Democrat. "All it has is an opportunity for Chris Tague to spout off about something that is never going to become law.” Tague, of Schoharie, said the bill "is unconstitutional, inhumane and is a perfect example of why our Constitution exists in the first place. The Bill of Rights was created to protect us from dangerous legislation such as this, which is ignorant of human history as well as the law.” The measure calls for, among other things, the "removal and detention of cases, contacts and carriers who are or may be a danger to public health." Tague said, “We fought our revolution to stop an autocratic king from doing exactly what this bill proposes." Cahill said Tague’s words fall flat, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our economy is crushed, kids and teachers are being challenged to carry on education in uninvented ways, our communities are experiencing unprecedented waves of gun violence, democracy is being threatened by someone who is pulling out all the stops to subvert the people's election," Cahill said. "Who has time to listen to Chris Tague's 'wah-wahs'?” Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.