At least 26 states have passed laws limiting public health powers
The legislation removed public health officials’ ability to institute mask requirements or vaccine mandates, or reduced the governor’s emergency powers, among other things.
US state map showing states that passed bills. The states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming
All legislation included passed in 2021.
Source:KHN review of state legislation and news stories; Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; the Network for Public Health Law; and the National Association of County and City Health OfficialsGraphic: