DeSantis says Florida to sue federal government over workplace vaccine rule

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he would join a lawsuit with Georgia, Alabama and private plaintiffs seeking to overturn a rule in President Joe Biden’s administration requiring coronavirus vaccines or testing in large workplaces.

At a press conference in Tallahassee, DeSantis said the rule was an example of federal overshoot. The federal government does not have the power to pass health mandates, DeSantis argued, nor the power to enforce its rule. The state will file a complaint with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Friday, he said.

” We have to wake up. We must defend the constitutional order, ”said DeSantis.

The Republican governor previously announced his intention to sue the Biden administration over the rule, but the federal government did not release the final version until Thursday. It came to a voluminous 490 pages. The governor, with state surgeon general Dr Joseph Ladapo by his side, held a printed version of the ruler in his hand as he spoke.

“The federal government cannot just unilaterally impose medical policy under the guise of workplace regulation,” DeSantis said. “That’s exactly what they’re trying to do here.

The Republican governors or attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana and South Dakota also said Thursday that ‘They would sue the warrant as early as Friday. The Daily Caller, a conservative media company, filed a challenge in federal court on Thursday.

Biden, in a statement Thursday, rejected the argument of many GOP governors and lawmakers that a mandate for employers would hurt companies’ ability to keep workers on the job.

“There have been no ‘mass layoffs’ or a shortage of workers due to vaccination requirements,” he said. “Despite what some have predicted and falsely claimed, the immunization requirements enjoy wide public support.”

The administration has encouraged widespread immunizations as the fastest way out of the pandemic.

Florida House of Representatives Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby welcomed the decision to sue, saying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was “armed” by the president.

They also reiterated their desire to separate Florida from agency oversight. Florida is, however, expected to create its own workplace safety program with federal approval. They are expected to debate the idea in a special legislative session in Tallahassee from November 15.

“The Florida legislature looks forward to continuing the separation from OSHA and creating Florida’s own safety and health standards that reflect the views and values ​​of our state,” Sprowls and Simpson said in a joint statement. Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. This is breaking news that will be updated.

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