Attorney General Lynn Fitch has joined Attorneys General from 20 other states in a multistate action against President Joe Biden’s unlawful mask mandate on public transportation and in transportation hubs.
“President Biden is using a failed interpretation of a quarantine statute to prop up a misguided mandate that harms states and businesses, as well as personal liberty,” said Attorney General Fitch. “Even states that have had strict masking guidelines are dropping them, but the President persists in forcing his mask requirements on everyone who travels. It goes against reason and it is time for it to end.”
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. The states argue that the mandate, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exceeds the agency’s authority, is arbitrary and capricious, and failed to follow required notice and comment rules meant to protect the American public from regulatory overreach.
The lawsuit was filed by the Attorneys General of Florida, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.