The Ohio House has defeated a motion to require all members to do what employees and visitors at the Ohio Statehouse must do – wear a face covering.
Some elected House members and Senators have refused to wear masks. Democratic Rep. Kristin Boggs, sponsor of the motion, says those members tell her they are willing to take the risk.
“If your decision to not wear a mask only subjected you to sickness and health, I would not be standing here asking you to wear a face covering today. The reality is your choice not to wear a mask impacts more than just yourself," Boggs says.
The measure failed, with majority Republicans voting against it.
Along party lines, Ohio House rejects 58-31 a motion require masks on the floor during session. A few shouts of “shame on you” followed. Noted mask opponent and Republican Rep. @NinoVit took his seat near the board at the end of the vote pic.twitter.com/SzclohaCMU
— Karen Kasler (@karenkasler) November 19, 2020
But it should be noted that some of the Democrats who would have likely voted for it were not there because they are impacted somehow by COVID-19.