Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns
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State leaders are facing objections even as they begin lifting some restrictions.
Earlier this month, a group of state delegates and religious and business leaders sued Hogan seeking a temporary restraining order to block the governor's order. Though the state has asked a federal judge to dismiss the case, a scheduling hearing was held last week — days before Hogan announced the end of the statewide lockdown — indicating it will move forward. In Ohio, a libertarian group early last week filed suit on behalf of nearly three dozen independent gyms in the state challenging the exclusion of such facilities from Ohio's initial reopening phases. The same group earlier tried and failed to mount a legal challenge to the state's closure of non-essential businesses. A day after the lawsuit was filed in state court, however, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that gyms and fitness centers in the state will be allowed to reopen on May 26. Last month the U.S. Supreme Court was even brought into the fray, denying a group of Pennsylvania business owners their request that the state's non-essential business…
Christopher Cadelago, Megan Cassella, Nolan D. Mccaskill