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Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-NY) yanked a bill he sponsored that has been sitting dormant in the New York State Assembly for six years after pundits and media outlets latched onto the fact that, if it were passed into law, it would create de facto internment camps for the unvaccinated.
Perry was evidently besieged by reporters over the bill after rumors started swirling. The assemblyman bristled at the questions and slammed people whom he claimed were spreading a “fire of lies and mistruths.” The queries must have hit a nerve because he pulled A416, at least for the time being, according to Spectrum News.
“To deprive these individuals the ability to use this issue for fuel to spread their fire of lies and mistruths, I will take the appropriate legislative action to strike the bill, remove it from the calendar, thus ending all consideration, and actions that could lead to passage into law,” Perry proclaimed via Twitter. “Get vaccinated and stay safe.”
Perry initially introduced the measure in 2015 in response to concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus and a nurse who tested positive and refused to quarantine.
— N Nick Perry (@NNickPerry) December 20, 2021
Assembly Bill A416 is described as being legislation that “Relates to the removal of cases, contacts, and carriers of communicable diseases who are potentially dangerous to the public health.” The bill also says that individuals “shall not continue to be detained” after they are determined to be no longer contagious.
The bill would have given the executive branch of state government the authority to detain in a “medical facility” people who are infected during a pandemic as well as those they come in contact with. Detention of more than three days would have required a state order.
No other lawmakers ever signed on in support of the bill and it never had a companion bill in the state Senate.
The bill’s use of the term “medical facility” is what many have interpreted as meaning “internment camp”. As for the assertion of “conspiracy theories,” the fact is the bill exists which is what had many people concerned.
There was misinformation floating around concerning the legislation. One blog claimed the legislature was set to vote on the bill on January 5th. That is incorrect. The bill was never scheduled for a vote.
“Gives the Governor of New York….and heads of Health Departments the right to remove & detain any individual or group, issued on a single order.” pic.twitter.com/1Lz5hLVqKm
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) December 19, 2021
It also never mentioned the word “unvaccinated” or “COVID.” However, if it had ever come into being, it is logical that the bill would have been applied to the pandemic in New York. Perry has reintroduced the bill at the beginning of each legislative session since 2015.
Hot Air points out that although the legislation does not contain the word “unvaccinated,” it does contain the word “vaccination.” The word is contained in the portion of the bill that empowers those in charge to “require an individual who has been exposed to or infected by a contagious disease to complete an appropriate, prescribed course of treatment, preventive medication or vaccination.”
People on social media are not buying the “conspiracy theory” ruse:
It’s not conspiracy though 😂 you wrote the bill, we’re reading it. What’s conspiracy about it? Unless you’re saying you write conspiracies? In that case it would make sense, people are just reading what you wrote. pic.twitter.com/Ei0jI5ngEK
— JustStop🛑 (@JustStopPharma) December 21, 2021
Gaslighting 🤡 pic.twitter.com/1Cu7YWUt1H
— Fotini (@fotini_y) December 21, 2021
You quite literally wrote a bill allowing for unlawful detainment with no access to a lawyer.
This would violate multiple amendments, particularly the 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
That’s not a conspiracy theory. That’s not misinformation. That’s real facts, everyone read it as plain as day.
— Drunk Chief Miles Edward O’Brien (@milmamabear) December 21, 2021
In other words, the backlash against your concentration camps was too overwhelming to move forward. Freedom wins……for now….
— Political Negan🇺🇸 (@NeganOfPolitics) December 21, 2021
If it’s so tinhat, why address it? If you suggest something this outrageous, that’s a reason to be concerned. When you dismiss it as a conspiracy “theory”, I have only this to say, it’s only a theory if there is no proof it exists. This was no theory, just a bit fascist. Thx tho.
— SwingzandScalpz (@StockSwingerz) December 21, 2021
HAHAHAH. People being able to read a bill you wrote is not a conspiracy theory, I know your not used to people paying attention but that has changed. So sorry for you.
— kelsey r (@Kayybee83) December 21, 2021
How is it a conspiracy or misinformation when it was out there for all to read? You got caught and now need to CYA.
— GOPmom (@lisadolgos) December 21, 2021
Very hitlerish of you. Conspiracy theory? There is no “concocted stories”. The bill is quite plain to see your intentions. You are an embarrassment & should never have one ounce of power over anyones life. You got caught! Psychotic Tyrant. Quit blaming others pic.twitter.com/9VgiFSQfA0
— 🌹Blondhrsecrzy🐴 (@markle_darla) December 21, 2021
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