While the Biden administration would love nothing more than to enact a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, laws prevent them from doing so, thankfully. As a result, President Joe Biden and some of his top officials have encouraged municipalities and private businesses to issue their own mandates, many of which have across the country.
However, according to Breitbart, one city that issued a vaccine mandate to its workers — Tuscon, Arizona — was just dealt a massive blow by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), who determined this week that Tuscon’s vaccine mandate not only contradict’s Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive orders but ruled that it is also a violation of state law.
The bombshell announcement comes about a month after Brnovich’s office began digging into the legalities of cities in Arizona enacting such mandates.
In addition, should Tuscon ignore the AG’s determination, it risks losing millions in desperately needed state funding.
In “direct conflict”
Tuscon city officials had originally announced that all of its city workers would be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 24 or risk not only unpaid suspensions but also higher health insurance premium costs each month.
Thanks to Brnovich’s determination, city workers will likely no longer have to stress about such consequences.
“We have found that the city’s ordinance violates state law and also is in direct conflict with the governor’s executive order,” the AG’s office said on Tuesday.
Brnovich issued a statement of his own, in which he held nothing back about his thoughts on the vaccine mandate. “Tucson’s vaccine mandate is illegal, and the city could be held liable for attempting to force employees to take it against their beliefs.”
The AG added: “COVID-19 vaccinations should be a choice, not a government mandate.”
It’s the law
Earlier this year, the Arizona legislature passed a law that banned cities and towns from passing their own vaccine mandates. Though the law wasn’t set to be enforced until Sept. 29, Brnovich said Tuscon’s vaccine mandate violated Gov. Ducey’s executive orders from earlier this year, which also prohibits vaccine mandates.
“General Brnovich strongly believes that in all medical and health decisions, all Americans have the right to try and the right not to try, and we can’t have one without the other,” a spokesperson for Brnovich said.
It’s refreshing to see state leaders take action against those who are bent on forcing COVID-19 vaccines via mandates. With any luck, other red-state governors and AGs will soon follow suit.