Price Comments on Kemp’s Lawsuit Against Bottoms’ Ordinances in TIME

Dr. Polly J. Price, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Professor of Global Health, recently commented on Georgia governor Brian Kemp’s lawsuit challenging a mask-wearing ordinance issued by Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Price, who is associated faculty in the History Department, offers additional context about the extent of Kemp’s suit, which extends beyond the mask ordinance alone. Read an excerpt from the TIME piece below, along with the full article: “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Sued to Block Atlanta’s Face Mask Ordinance. Here’s What to Know.”

“The governor’s suit also goes beyond just Bottoms’ face mask ordinance. Polly Price, a professor of law and global health at Emory University, tells TIME that ‘the suit seeks an injunction from the court to prevent the mayor from issuing any more orders related to social distancing measures.’ In addition, it asks that the mayor and city council be required to state that whatever orders they have or may issue with respect to the pandemic are unenforceable, Price explains. Price says she’s not sure Kemp will win because the court might not buy his argument for an injunction, which a court only issues if there’s a threat of  ‘irreparable harm.'”