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Can Los Angeles mayor legally cut utility service to houses hosting large parties?
LA officials threaten to cut power, water to party homes amid coronavirus
Constitutional law expert John Pavia on whether Los Angeles officials can legally cut power and water on homes caught throwing parties amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It's unclear whether Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's threat to cut utility service to houses that host parties that violate local coronavirus guidelines would hold up in court, Constitutional law expert John Pavia told Fox Business Network's “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” Thursday.
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“They can do it in the short term,” he said. “But … it takes about two, two and a half years for cases to go from most state lower-level trial courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court. And I think we're going to find out a lot about what states, what the federal government, what cities are allowed to do coming out of this COVID experience that we're having.”
Pavia explained that the federal government and individual states have “competing obligations” between providing utilities and water and keeping the peace and public safety.
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