California State and Local COVID-19 Orders

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 21:19

Justice Louis Brandeis famously observed that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” (New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 285 U.S. 262 (1932)). The current circumstances are hardly the choice of citizens. But were he here today, the Justice would behold a laboratory of CDC proportions, with governments across the country and around the globe enacting regulations designed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and safeguard the health of their constituents. These laws are testing the limits of federalism and state-local governance in the public health arena—perhaps nowhere more so than California. Read more>>