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Oklahoma files lawsuit against Biden administration over vaccine mandates

A real COVID-19 vaccination record card issued by the Centers for Disease Control.
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A COVID-19 vaccination record card issued by the Centers for Disease and Control.

The state of Oklahoma will sue the Biden Administration to fight its vaccine mandate for federal workers.

Attorney General John O’Connor announced the lawsuit Thursday afternoon. He called the mandate sinister and an abuse of power. 

“Biden’s vaccine mandates are a clear abuse of power. He does not have the authority to make healthcare decisions for Oklahomans,” Attorney General O’Connor said. “It is sinister that Biden is threatening Oklahomans with the loss of their jobs if they do not surrender their personal rights and freedoms to the federal government.”

There has been some speculation that the Legislature could re-convene in a special session to fight mandates, but in a media briefing this week, House Speaker Charles McCall said that the Legislature already acted on the issue.

Lawmakers passed a bill that gives the attorney general more power to sue the federal government for actions that state leaders believe to be overreach. 

"We also appropriated $10 million to the AG's office in addition to passing that legislation, and that's the proper place for that issue to to be taken up," said McCall.

Some of that $10 million will be put to use. The release states that the office has hired outside lawyers for the case.

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Catherine Sweeney grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and attended Oklahoma State University. She has covered local, state and federal government for outlets in Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations.
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