Cameron, 20 other Republican attorneys general sue to overturn CDC’s mask mandate in public transportation hubs

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined 20 of his Republican counterparts in a lawsuit to overturn the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s rule requiring masks to be worn in public transportation hubs.

The suit “argues that the mandate exceeds the authority of the CDC, noting that the Biden administration continues to use a failed interpretation of a quarantine statute that has been ruled against in court several times,” Cameron’s office said in a press release.

Cameron said, “With most states now relaxing their Covid-19 requirements, the CDC should follow suit and eliminate the mask mandate for airports, train stations, and other transportation hubs. We believe the current mask mandate exceeds the authority of the agency, and the Biden administration should end it immediately.”

The attorneys general argue that the law used to justify the mandate does not authorize such broad measures. only authorizes rules directly related to preventing interstate spread of disease, and does not permit mask requirements for individuals who show no sign of infection, the release says. The suit also argues that the rule is arbitrary and capricious and does not consider preventive actions by states.

The other plaintiff states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia. To read the lawsuit, click here.
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