– Seeking to preserve personal freedoms and individual liberties, Rep. Mike Cabell (R-Luzerne) has introduced legislation that would prohibit certain public transportation entities from implementing mask mandates or requiring proof of vaccination for services.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the boundaries of government authority and rights of the individual,” said Cabell. “While it is essential to prioritize public health, we must also be mindful of protecting the rights of our citizens. I believe my legislation does just that.”
Cabell’s proposal would apply to regional and county mass transit authorities; school bus and school vehicle transportation companies; and taxi, limousine and transportation network companies (Uber/Lyft).
“By preventing these modes of public transportation from enforcing mask mandates or requiring proof of vaccination, we respect the autonomy of individuals to make informed decisions about their health and travel,” added Cabell. “Furthermore, such mandates would be a heavy burden on already struggling businesses and our economy.”
Cabell noted that a recent comprehensive review of multiple studies on the effectiveness of mask mandates could not find solid evidence that masking did anything to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses.