South Dakota AG joins 24 state coalition opposing Biden vaccine mandate
PIERRE, S.D. — On Thursday, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joined with 23 other state attorneys general to send a letter to President Joe Biden, warning that litigation will follow the implementation of the proposed mandate on private sector employees to either get a COVID-19 vaccination, submit to weekly testing, or be fired.
The coalition of AGs outlined their legal and policy concerns with the mandate, which will be carried out through an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) emergency temporary standard.
“The policies of this administration will hurt the American people and business,” said Ravnsborg. “This President seeks more government control over the lives and choices of all Americans.”
In their letter, the coalition of AGs addresses practical policy considerations of such an order beyond legal arguments, in addition to raising concerns about the expansion of a federal regulatory agency and public perception of the order’s constitutionality.
The letter states, “The risks of COVID-19 spread also vary widely depending on the nature of the business in question, many of which can have their employees, for example, work remotely. The one size-fits-almost-all approach you have decreed makes clear that you intend to use the OSHA statute as a pretext to impose an unprecedented, controversial public health measure on a nationwide basis that only incidentally concerns the workplace.”
South Dakota was joined on the letter by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.