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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Legislators ask Inslee to stop masks

24 Republicans sign letter to support repeal


August 19, 2021

COLFAX — A local state lawmaker is calling on the governor to rescind his order requiring public school students to wear masks on campus.

Ninth Legislative District Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, wrote a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Aug. 9 calling for him to back off the gubernatorial mandate. In addition, 24 other Republicans signed the letter.

The 9th Legislative District includes Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, Whitman, and southern Spokane Counties.

Citing the state Department of Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Schmick suggested the governor'...

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