Judge Throws Out Federal Mask Mandate for Public Transportation

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Federal judge in Florida says Biden administration’s Covid-19 mandate exceeds CDC’s authority.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa ruled Monday that the mandate exceeded the authority granted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under federal public-health law and was issued in violation of rule-making procedures.

Judge Mizelle, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said Congress had never clearly given the CDC the power to issue population-wide preventive public-health measures such as the mask mandate.

Because the CDC acted beyond its authority, “the court must hold unlawful and set aside the mask mandate as an agency action that is not in accordance with law,” she wrote in an opinion that effectively applied nationwide.

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