Springfield mask mandate lawsuit extended to Branson

A southwestern Missouri attorney who sued Springfield over its ordinance requiring face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 is now suing Branson, too.

Kristi Fulnecky’s latest lawsuit was announced Thursday. She is representing two businesses in Branson, the popular tourist town known for its live shows. Branson’s Board of Aldermen approved the mask ordinance on July 28.

Branson City Attorney Chris Lebeck, in a statement, accused Fulnecky of “grandstanding.”

Fulnecky filed suit on July 23 against Springfield, Mayor Ken McClure and several members of the city council over its ordinance. Springfield is Missouri’s third-largest city, and Fulnecky is a former councilwoman who is running for mayor.

She also filed suit last month against the city’s public school district for its decision to not offer in-person classes five days a week when the school year begins. The district’s plan offers families the option to sign up for full-time online learning or two days of classroom time each week coupled with three days of online learning.

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