Not just Indiana; Ohio, other states take aim at federal vaccine rule

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Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:16 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX and WPTA) - Attorneys general in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee sued the Biden Administration Thursday over the vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors, as Gov. Eric Holcomb launched a similar effort in Indiana.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, asserts the Biden administration’s mandatory vaccination requirement is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the lawsuit shortly after the Biden administration said Thursday morning that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4.

“The Constitution lays out critical rules by which the executive branch must operate. Congress and the states have their own powers, which the administration can’t just take over because it wants to,” Yost said.ADVERTISEMENT

Police power to enforce mandates falls within a state’s authority, not the federal government’s authority, he said. Congress also did not give the president authority to issue such a broad mandate.

Holcomb, separately, directed Indiana agencies to work on their own legal challenge to the vaccine regulations.

Sen. Mike Braun followed the announcement with a declaration of support for that effort on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Braun and a group of GOP senators said they plan to use the Congressional Review Act, a formal process for Congress to challenge an executive administrative rule, in hopes of getting Democrats to back away from the Biden Administration rules.

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