As expected, Governor Hutchinson has filed a formal statement in the lawsuits challenging Act 1002, the ban on mask mandates in public schools and other state agencies, saying he believes the law is unconstitutional.

He repeats, through his lawyer David Matthews, the arguments he made in unsuccessfully asking the legislature to amend the law to give power to local school districts to decide their own rules. Judge Tim Fox has blocked the ban law saying it was unconstitutional. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is defending the law.

The governor got his own lawyer to stake out his position, as have

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