KINGMAN — After taking a strong position against the mask mandate in her home city of Kingman, local lawmaker Regina Cobb said she also opposes face covering requirements imposed in Lake Havasu and Bullhead City.
The Republican representative for District 5 said her stand is more about Constitutional infringements than a statement about the merits of mask use in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cobb said she wants to protect liberty and that businesses and citizens should be able to make their own mask decisions without government dictates. She said she believes social distancing and hygiene protocols should be followed.
Pressure exerted by Cobb saw Kingman Mayor Jen Miles backpedal from her proclamation extending the mask mandate through the end of the year. Miles agreed to allow the full city council to decide the mask controversy at its Sept. 15 meeting.
The Bullhead City Council also will assess the status of the Bullhead City mask mandate on Sept. 15. A similar mandate is in effect through Oct. 15 in Lake Havasu City.
Cobb said she is hopeful that the state legislature can reconvene its coronavirus-interrupted legislative session “when things settle” after the Nov. 3 general election. She said lawmakers were able to handle about 70% of this year’s business but that important matters are pending.
Cobb said the most important thing lawmakers need to handle involve COVID-19 liability matters threatening health care, education, government and other sectors. She also said about a dozen economic development bills had been floated before the legislative shutdown.
Cobb expressed hope of passing economic development facilitating measures to bolster the private sector as much as possible in pulling out of the pandemic.