CHICO, Calif. - California State Assemblyman James Gallagher is trying to get local county supervisors to take the reigns from the state.
"The governor in many ways has really tried to I think snuff out representative government," said Gallangher. "The bottom line is I am an elected leader for this area and all of our elected leaders and legislator throughout the state should have a lot more input on what the policy is."
Businesses across the North State have had to open and close over and over. Gallagher wants that to stop.
"If we follow those protocols, that is going to do more than anything to help keep cases down, it's not shuttering businesses, it is not shuttering our schools," said Gallagher. "I would like to see our counties all come together and stand up against what we think is a short-sided, one side fits all system."
On the contrast, some Butte County representatives don't think Gallagher’s idea is what’s best for the county.
"If another counties attestation says we are not going to participate or this is the way in which we are going to participate, then fine," said Butte County supervisor, Tami Ritter. "Let them follow that attestation if the state accepted that but that is not what Butte County says.
"What we definitely don’t need right now is to be split apart in any way," said Butte County supervisor, Debra Lucero. "I think that we all know that we need to follow health and safety guidelines that are being put out by our public health experts."
Some people in Chico are for more county leadership.
"I agree," said Chico resident, Emily Hanlon. "I think we should have more control over what we do. I personally think each county is different, so it just depends on the cases there."