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California Court Won’t Review Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Authority

Jan. 13, 2021, 10:57 PM

The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to consider whether the governor has the authority to issue stay-at-home orders to slow spread of the coronavirus.

The court, with two justices recused, declined to grant San Bernardino County’s petition seeking an emergency stay blocking the state’s orders.

San Bernardino and an ex-county supervisor argued that Newsom (D) overstepped his authority in issuing statewide orders that shuttered businesses and schools.

The attorney general had urged review to get a clear, timely resolution.

Newsom, citing public health and safety, last spring issued a series of orders for businesses and schools to close as cases...

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