A state Supreme Court justice has ruled the state’s proposed new isolation and quarantine rules violate the state constitution and merely give “lip service” to constitutional due process.
The state Health Department had originally proposed the new rules in late 2021 as part of an administrative rulemaking. In addition to Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mary Bassett, state health commissioner, the state Health Department and the state Public Health and Health Planning Council are named in the lawsuit filed by state Sen. George Borrello, two Republican state Assembly members and NYS United.
Oral arguments were held in May in the courtroom of state Supreme Court Justice Ronald Ploetz in Cattaraugus County. Ploetz issued his decision late Friday, ruling the proposed rules as violating the state constitution until the state Legislature acts to change the law.