Two Years In Jail? Bill Would Make Not Wearing Mask A Misdemeanor In Pennsylvania

(Gateway Pundit) – State lawmakers in Pennsylvania are considering a bill that would make it a crime not to wear a mask in public.

Senate Bill 1287 says Pennsylvanians who don’t wear masks are recklessly endangering other people. The bill would amend Title 18 “(Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in assault, further providing for the offense of recklessly endangering another person.”

“A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if the person willfully fails to wear a mask or other face covering that is necessary to protect public health as a result of a declaration by the Governor,” the proposed bill states.

“My legislation will add failing to adhere to the face covering requirements of a declaration of disaster emergency to the crime of ‘recklessly endangering another person,’ punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree,” said bill sponsor Sen. Art Haywood (D). “Willfully exposing someone to another deadly disease already is a violation of our Crimes Code. Now is the time to act to protect those we love and those at risk from a senseless death.

Violating the edict is punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

After the bill was introduced, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R) posted on Facebook that it couldn’t “get anymore crazy.”

“Just when I thought it couldn’t get anymore crazy… a bill has been introduced in the PA State Senate that makes it a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor to not wear a mask, regardless of age or medical condition. This punishable by up to 2 years in prison,” Bernstine wrote.

State Rep. Tim O’Neal (R) also said he doesn’t support the bill.

“While we should all wear masks, keep our social distance and wash our hands in order to protect our community, no fines or criminal charges should be filed against those who do not follow the governor’s mask mandate,” O’Neal said. “Our law enforcement officers have enough on their plates. They should not be turned into the mask police.”


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  3. more tyranny bullshit from a communist dictatorship, this will hold no ground as it completely undermines our right to due process. Time is nigh to start hauling these pos out of offices and put an end to the tyranny. The numbers no longer support such drastic unconstitutional numbers the death rate in America for heart disease is higher than the probable covid deaths, cancer is higher, the murderous left kills over 300k of GODs most precious the unborn yearly so please communist dems STFUA ABOUT THE FALSE GUISE OF SAFETY BULLSHIT!!

  4. In the first place the “scientific information” about the virus is all over the place . The “science” promoted to the public is different from one day to another and one”EXPERT” FROM ANOTHER. Second political bias shades the “science”. This Senate Bill 1287 is absurd, created in an absurd mind of a politician whose intent is to erase the freedoms they swore to defend and support but have abandoned. Thus we have people in positions that do not support our laws that should not even be eligible to hold public office when they do not hold our laws as their guidance.


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