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March 23, 2020

Soundbites: Law professor Hugh Spitzer on regulating human movement

UW News

UW law professor Hugh Spitzer speaks to the power of state and local governments as officials consider measures to restrict movement to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are laws in place that govern what federal, city and state leaders can do.
In these soundbites Spitzer addresses:

  • The role of the National Guard: If called upon, they would likely fulfill a “helping out” role, such as working to build facilities or move supplies.
  • That democracy does not mean complete and personal liberty. Democracy means we elect our government representatives to make rules that keep us safe, even if it restricts our personal movement.
  • Governors and mayors weighing the feasibility of enforcing rules if they are enacted.

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