Indiana attorney general argues state mask mandate illegal

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FILE – In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Lawyers for Hill argue that allegations he drunkenly groped four women during a party don’t meet the legal standard of a misuse of power. Court documents filed on the Republican state attorney general’s behalf call for the women’s federal lawsuit against him to be thrown out by a judge. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general believes the governor has overstepped his authority in issuing a statewide face mask mandate and that only the Legislature can make violations a criminal offense.

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an advisory opinion Wednesday night, just hours after GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the mask order taking effect Monday to help slow the coronavirus spread.

The opinion does not block the governor’s action.

Hill is on his way out of office after failing to win the Republican nomination for reelection following allegations that he drunkenly groped four women.

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