Florida Leads 20 Other States in Lawsuit Over Federal Transportation Mask Mandate

by Raven Claybough
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Led by the state of Florida, 21 states are suing the Biden administration over its federal mask mandate for commercial airplanes and public transportation. Among its arguments, the lawsuit contends the mandate violates the U.S. Constitution and Administrative Procedure Act (APA), violates the plaintiffs’ sovereign interests, and poses health risks to individuals being forced to mask, particularly young children.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Florida, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

“Faced with a government that displays outright disdain for the limits on its power — especially when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic — Plaintiffs seek vacatur of that mask mandate and a permanent injunction against its enforcement,” the 30-page lawsuit reads in part.

The mask mandate for public transportation was set to expire in March 2022 but was extended by the Biden administration until at least April 18, Life Site News reported. The mandate has been in place for approximately 14 months.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cited recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) last week when it announced it would extend the mandate for mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs through April 18th, while “work[ing] with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor … based on the COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science.” Read Full Article >

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