OROVILLE, Calif. (CBS Sacramento) — The city of Oroville, California is getting national attention for announcing they will not follow controversial orders issued by the governor or president. The fight stems from a number of federal and state pandemic protection mandates.
Oroville city leaders are launching a resolution revolution. In a 6-1 vote, the city council declared Oroville a “Constitutional Republic City.”READ MORE: First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Reported In Philadelphia, New Jersey
“This mandate is not saying we are against laws or for anarchy,” says Scott Thomson, Oroville vice mayor.
Thomson explains it’s the city’s effort to send a strong message to state and federal leaders. “I think it’s time for us to draw a line in the sand,” he adds. “Enough is enough.”
The resolution resolves to not enforce “any executive orders issued by the state of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights.” The move comes amid the controversy over closing businesses during the pandemic, along with mask and vaccine mandates “We’re not talking about one mandate that’s been pushed on us recently,” says Thomson. “It’s a barrage of mandates.”READ MORE: Family Of Fallen Delaware County Firefighter Has Mortgage Fully Paid Off
Liza West is among the residents who oppose the resolution. “I think that we all believe in applying the law and agree in following the law, and this is just ridiculous,” West says.
So does Oroville have the right to disregard state and federal orders? University of California, Davis Law Professor Lisa Pruitt says the resolution may not have any binding legal authority. “My sense is the strong presumption would be that the city of Oroville does not have the power to do this,” Pruitt notes. ” I see this primarily as a gesture.”
It’s a constitutional conflict with these city leaders fighting for more local control.
“It makes a statement that says, you know, enough is enough. We’re done, we’re tired,” one city councilman said.MORE NEWS: Mother Of Ahmir Jones, Teen Killed Protecting Girlfriend During Robbery Near Temple University, Speaks Out
A lawsuit protesting the governor’s emergency powers has been filed by two Republican lawmakers.