(9-10-21) Indiana Attorney General announced shortly after President Joe Biden’s COVID 19 mandate was revealed that the State of Indiana would be taking the matter to court.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita released the following statement:
“My team and I, along with other like-minded attorneys general, are reviewing all legal action on how to stand against these authoritarian actions by the Biden administration.
“We will be prepared to file suit if Biden seeks illegal actions restricting Hoosiers’ liberties.”
In a follow-up tweet –
In a statement today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said it was not the job of government to mandate vaccines.
I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19. It is the tool that will end the pandemic. However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens and private businesses. This is the approach our administration has taken all along. The announcement from President Biden is a bridge too far. Private businesses should be able to look at their own mission, their staff and their goals and make the decision best for them that will keep their doors open.
I believe it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine. While I wish everyone would get the vaccine, we are a country built on this exact type of freedom.
UPDATED: after story was posted
At the time of this posting Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost have not made a statement about the COVID 19 mandate. Not a surprise based on the Governor’s stand he has taken since the pandemic started. Although DeWine being a Republican, he has been supported by the Democrats in pandemic related issues. The state legislature removed his sole power to issue health mandates after passing a bill this year.
Earlier yesterday the Governor and AG decided to take legal action against another Biden issued that was ordered.
from the www.whitehouse.gov web site –
A look at the President’s announcement –
But we need to do more. This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.
My job as President is to protect all Americans.
We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us. So, please, do the right thing. But just don’t take it from me; listen to the voices of unvaccinated Americans who are lying in hospital beds, taking their final breaths, saying, “If only I had gotten vaccinated.” “If only.”
It’s a tragedy. Please don’t let it become yours.
Other states following a path to legal action –
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt quickly attacked Biden’s plan, releasing the below statement soon after the president spoke:
“It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do. Once again President Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights. As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach.”
Texas Governor Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze said in a statement. “
“The federal government needs to stop trying to run private businesses. Texans and Americans alike have learned and mastered the safe practices to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID, and do not need the government to tell them how to do so.”