Eagle River, Wasilla lawmakers resist Legislature's rule requiring face masks


March 18, 2021

Associated Press photo by Becky Bohrer

State Sen. Lora Reinbold, who has objected all year to the Legislature's policy requiring face masks in the Capitol and to the governor's response to the pandemic, held a news conference outside the Senate chambers in Juneau on March 4. Reinbold said she wants an apology from Gov. Mike Dunleavy after he sent her a letter last month accusing her of misrepresenting the state's COVID-19 response.

Though Eagle River Republican Sen. Lora Reinbold made peace with legislative leadership and wore a face mask for the Senate floor session on Monday, Wasilla Republican Rep. Christopher Kurka removed his mask during the House floor session and was asked to leave the room.

"Let's end this charade," Kurka said. "COVID-19 is here to stay. No measures we take are going to stop it, no matter how repressive a course, or unconstitutional."

The freshman legislator expressed doubt that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's support for wearing masks is based on science.

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