Counties considering resolution that resists Northam’s new executive orders
Virginia – Lawmakers in Campbell, Appomattox and Bedford Counties are considering a resolution that resists Governor Ralph Northam’s new executive orders.
The intent of the ‘No Shut Down’ Resolution is a locality’s First Amendment rights, specifically the right to peacefully assemble. The three counties are working on drafts of the resolution and say that they are highly considering putting it on a future agenda.
“It speaks to the rights of the citizens based on the rights in the Constitution,” Matt Cline, Campbell County’s Supervisor, said.
This response comes after Northam passed Executive Order 67 that says that gatherings cannot exceed 25 people.
“The fact that Governor Northam has chosen to restrict people’s freedoms to the right to assemble, to work, to perform their duties, that’s a violation of the Virginia Constitution and the Constitution of the United States,” Bob Davis, Bedford County’s Supervisor, said.
Right now, the resolution is in the drafting stages.
“Northam is overstepping his bounds and the lockdowns are hurting the people of Appomattox County,” John Hinkle, Appomattox County’s Supervisor, said.
Once the final draft is ready they intend to put it on a future agenda.
Davis says he intends on starting the conversation about the resolution at their meeting on Monday night.
Campbell County plans to start their discussion on it at their meeting on December 1.