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Twenty-one states have filed a class action lawsuit in court against facemask mandates imposed by health authorities, Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Tuesday.
Accompanied by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a critic of the Biden administration’s restrictive policies, Moody said the mask ordinances issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for means of transportation, including commercial airplanes, are “unlawful.”
In addition, they exceed the competence of the CDC, which depends on the government; they are “unfounded,” because it is not proven that they help to prevent contagions, and they cause “confusion, chaos and pressure” to the people, added the Florida attorney general.
The FL attorney general said President Biden’s short-sighted, heavy-handed, and “unlawful” travel policies are frustrating commuters and causing chaos on public transportation.
Moody and other AGs from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida seeking injunctive relief to permanently stop those mandates.
According to the lawsuit, the mandatory use of masks on all means of transportation, including airplanes, exceeds the CDC’s authority in a number of ways.
Moody added that it was time to relieve some of the pressure on commuters and those in the travel industry to immediately put an end to Biden’s “unnlawful mask mandate on public transportation.”
In Florida, those rules interfere with state law that prohibits forced masking in all settings, she added.
DeSantis said Florida has led the nation in standing up to the federal government’s misguided policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing.
“If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life,” he asserted.
Moody recently led 22 other state attorneys general in calling for an end to the “Head Start” facemask mandate, which required children as young as 2 years old to wear masks, even when playing outside.
Florida’s attorney general previously filed a lawsuit to end this mandate, and the courts agreed with her.