Georgia Senate OKs bill to block governor from closing churches, businesses during emergency

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate voted to approve one of several bills aimed at reining in the powers governors have during a public emergency. Senate Bill 200 would allow churches to continue to hold all services and activities during a declared state of emergency. Businesses also would be able to operate as long as they meet safety protocols as established by the governor. The measure passed 29-19. State Sen. Jason Anavitarte, a Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said a public emergency shouldn’t overrule Georgians’ ability to gather and worship — or continue to run their businesses. Senate Demo…

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