Senator Moore to Serve on National Pandemic Task Force
Senator Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge MA)
“Response to the Ebola outbreak has sparked new and complex legal questions surrounding pandemic and emergency response,” stated Sen. Moore. “I am honored to have been asked to serve on this distinguished task force in an effort to ensure that we are prepared to respond to pandemic emergencies. Being able to serve the public in this capacity is yet another benefit of my association with NCSL.”
As a member of the Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force, Sen. Moore will work with several chief justices of state courts and a representative of the National Governors Association (NGA) in developing a policy recommendation that protects the rights of individuals suspected of having Ebola, or other highly contagious illness while also protecting the health and safety of the general public.
Sen. Moore, currently the President Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts Senate, is uniquely qualified for this role representing state legislators across the country. In addition to having served as President of NCSL, Moore is a former Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Clinton Administration.
The group will also be tasked with: (1) producing a guidebook that each state can use in developing their own bench book or guide that would be state specific; (2) developing a summary of resources that would be available to courts; and (3) assisting with implementing Task Force products as needed, such as participation in a national webinar.
In forming the Task Force, the CCJ cited the need to examine new and complex legal questions as a result of the Ebola virus, and in preparation for any future pandemic emergencies. The CCJ called on NCSL for assistance given the unique role of the States in preparedness and response.
South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal will lead the Task Force, which anticipates concluding its work by summer 2015.
The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) was founded in 1949 to provide an opportunity for the highest judicial officers of the states to meet and discuss matters of importance in improving the administration of justice, rules and methods of procedure, and the organization and operation of state courts and judicial systems, and to make recommendations and bring about improvements on such matters.
For more information about Sen. Moore, visit www.senatormooore.com, or follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/senatormoore) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/SenDickMoore).