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April 22, 2020

ABA Legal Fact Check explores law guiding states’ authority during a health emergency

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2020 — A new ABA Legal Fact Check posted today examines constitutional and case law guiding states’ authority during a health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nationwide pandemic has raised numerous legal issues, including several court cases. In recent days, legal actions have included challenges to state actions in Mississippi, Kentucky and New Mexico on the grounds of religious liberty and the right for interstate travel in North Carolina. The new fact check cites U.S. Supreme Court precedent and other cases to highlight what happens when state powers under the 10th Amendment clash with constitutional rights of individuals.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. The URL for the site is

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