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The Freedom Foundation, which filed a lawsuit earlier in July challenging Washington’s mandatory mask rule, has now requested an emergency stay with the Oregon State Court of Appeals to try to prevent Gov. Kate Brown from imposing a similar mandate in Oregon.

“Governors in left-leaning states all over the country are making up the rules as they go – and ignoring the procedural rules their own state laws set up,” said Jason Dudash, the Freedom Foundation’s Oregon director.

The Freedom Foundation filed the court action on behalf of three individuals who object to the mandate that they wear masks.

In addition to Brown and the state of Oregon, the challenge names Oregon Heath Authority Director Patrick Allen, who on June 30 issued the Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance,” which outlines the face covering requirements.

Freedom Foundation’s challenge states that the guidance is an administrative rule — and the creation of such a rule must follow the procedural standards set forth in ORS 183. These standards include notice of the proposed rule, publication of the rule, 21 days advance notice to allow public input, and a fiscal impact statement.

The challenge argues that not only does the mandate violate state statue, it also violates the wearer’s First Amendment rights.

The Freedom Foundation advocates for free markets and limited, accountable government from its offices in Washington, Oregon, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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