Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority

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This report provides an overview of federal and state public health laws as they relate to the quarantine and isolation of individuals, a discussion of constitutional issues that may be raised should individual liberties be restricted in a quarantine situation, and federalism questions that may arise where federal and state authorities overlap. In addition, the possible role of the armed forces in enforcing public health measures is discussed, specifically whether the Posse Comitatus Act would constrain any military role, and other statutory authorities that may be used for the military enforcement of health measures.

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Swendiman, Kathleen S. & Elsea, Jennifer K. January 23, 2007.

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This report provides an overview of federal and state public health laws as they relate to the quarantine and isolation of individuals, a discussion of constitutional issues that may be raised should individual liberties be restricted in a quarantine situation, and federalism questions that may arise where federal and state authorities overlap. In addition, the possible role of the armed forces in enforcing public health measures is discussed, specifically whether the Posse Comitatus Act would constrain any military role, and other statutory authorities that may be used for the military
enforcement of health measures.

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  • January 23, 2007

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Swendiman, Kathleen S. & Elsea, Jennifer K. Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority, report, January 23, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc821464/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.