PHOENIX – On Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to enforce mask rules. HB 2770, legislation sponsored by Rep. Joseph Chaplik, passed along party lines.
All 31 Republican members voted in favor of the bill.
Specifically, HB 2770 allows businesses to decide whether or not to enforce on its premises a mask mandate that is imposed by politicians from the state, county, city/town or other jurisdiction in Arizona.
“Business owners are intelligent enough to make their own decisions with their private companies and this bill restores their rights,” said Chaplik. “Employees should not be forced to police other citizens on private property and be in confrontational situations risking their safety when their job duties did not require this role.”
The bill now heads to the Senate.