Text of Governor Patrick’s Travel Ban Executive Order

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Here is the text of Deval Patrick’s executive order banning travel after 4 PM today.

Reaction on Facebook has been universal derision from both my conservative and liberal friends.  They see this as an undue violation of civil liberties.

By His Excellency

DEVAL L. PATRICK

GOVERNOR

TIMOTHY P. MURRAY

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO 543

MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL BAN

I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to the power provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 do hereby issue the following order:

There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following:

   public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel

   public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business

   utility company vehicles and utility workers

   healthcare workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services

   news media

   travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities

   travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores

Given this 8th day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen at 12:15PM.

DEVAL L. PATRICK, GOVERNOR

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Here is a link pdf of the Civil Defense statute.  The statute says that defying an Executive Order for civil defense is punishable by one year in jail or $500.

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