Va. lawmakers call for travel ban amid Ebola concerns

Va. lawmakers call for travel ban amid Ebola concerns

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Three Virginia lawmakers are calling for the state to enact travel bans, amid concerns over the spread of Ebola.

Del. Robert G. "Bob" Marshall (R-13), Sen. Richard Black (R-13) and Del. Mark Berg, MD (R-29) wrote to Gov. Terry McAuliffe urging him to seek bans at Virginia's airports and seaports similar to the bans now in place in 13 African nations that have enacted travel bans and airlines that have suspended commercial flights to Ebola-affected areas.

In the letter dated October 14, the three lawmakers wrote, "We strongly urge you to use the police powers of Virginia to protect our citizens and residents from exposure to Ebola even if it means a timely court challenge against passenger airlines or the federal government if they continue to permit entry into Virginia of passengers flying from Ebola affected areas. We also ask you to take similar measures to protect our seaports. Indeed, Government travel restrictions were used to limit Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)."

The full letter is available at Marshall's website,

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