Louisiana attorney general files suit against Biden administration's vaccine mandates
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule imposed on businesses.
On Thursday, OSHA issued new rules requiring that employees of companies with more than 100 workers get a COVID-19 vaccine or submit to regular testing by Jan. 4. Unvaccinated workers will be required to wear a mask.
Companies do not have to pay for testing, but are required to give paid time off for those getting the shot, and to deal with any side effects of the vaccine.
The federal government will fine employers where the workforce does not comply.
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“As the chief legal officer of Louisiana, I am taking action to prevent the government from forcing Louisiana citizens to inject something into their bodies,” said Landry. “I have already defeated the Biden Administration in court over issues of illegal immigration and domestic energy; and now, I am working to win this lawsuit on the issue of personal liberty.”
This latest legal action comes a day after he filed suit to halt the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and mere hours after the Biden Administration issued its Emergency Temporary Standard implementing the mandate through OSHA.
"LABI has encouraged voluntary vaccinations from the beginning, and that hasn't changed," said Louisiana Association of Business Industry President and CEO Stephen Waguespack. "Getting vaccinated is the quickest way to end this pandemic and keep our communities safe from COVID-19. However, the Biden administration utilizing OSHA to mandate that employers track their employee's vaccination status is an alarming display of governmental overreach."
“Just when you think Joe Biden cannot possibly abuse his power any more, he then utilizes his government bureaucrats to threaten private employers,” Landry said in a statement. “This latest Biden overreach is an egregious attack on the liberties and freedoms our great nation was built upon.”
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Among those named in the suit are Biden, as well as federal officials at the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Louisiana is the latest in a string of states that have filed suite against the administration in recent weeks, including Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah.