Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor joined numerous other State Attorneys today in sending a letter to President Biden, where they warned that litigation would follow the proposed Covid-19 mandates are fully implemented.
These mandates require private-sector employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, submit to weekly testing, or be fired.
The AG’s concern lies in the expansion of a federal regulatory agency and the public perception of the order’s constitutionality.
A news release from Attorney General John O’Connor’s Office says, “The coalition of AGs goes beyond legal arguments to address practical policy considerations of such a sweeping order. Most concerning is the potential to drive individuals out of the workforce, particularly healthcare workers, who are most needed right now to fight the pandemic. Additionally, this mandate ignores the tens of millions of Americans with natural immunity and will drive further skepticism of vaccines.
Last, and perhaps most importantly, the AGs note there are alternatives to a broad, nationwide order. The letter states, “The risks of COVID-19 spread also vary widely depending on the nature of the business in question, many of which can have their employees, for example, work remotely. The one-size-fits-almost-all approach you have decreed makes clear that you intend to use the OSHA statute as a pretext to impose an unprecedented, controversial public health measure on a nationwide basis that only incidentally concerns the workplace.”
The states that joined Oklahoma in this letter were Arizona, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montanna, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
You can read the full letter here.