Black is back

(Bill Dentzer & Steve Sebelius | Las Vegas Review-Journal) – When we last updated you on the saga of Assemblywoman Annie Black, R-Mesquite, she was in legislative limbo, having been stripped of her right to vote and speak on the Assembly floor because of her refusal to either wear a mask or disclose whether she’d received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Assembly voted along party lines to punish her for allegedly violating a standing rule requiring masks, a rule later relaxed for those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Although Black was initially threatened with being banned from voting and speaking on the floor except to apologize for breaking the rule, she was ultimately allowed to vote virtually, similar to her Assembly colleague Jill Dickman, R-Sparks, who also declined to reveal her vaccination status. Black’s disembodied voice responded “no” to most of the roll call votes taken in the chamber.

Black has vowed she would not apologize, and said that she was in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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