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Rokita suing federal government over COVID-19 vaccination workplace rules

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Brandon Smith / IPB News
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Attorney General Todd Rokita is suing the federal government to halt President Joe Biden’s workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Rokita, in cooperation with Gov. Eric Holcomb, is filing three lawsuits – targeting policies for federal contractors, health care workers and a broad rule for any company with at least 100 employees.

The Republican AG called the president’s COVID-19 vaccination policies an "egregious ... insidious" overreach of federal workplace safety authority.

"This is not a workplace issue. It’s been with us," Rokita said. "It’s been with us at our homes, it’s been with us on our sports teams, it’s been with us in our kids’ schools. It’s been with us everywhere."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rule for employers with at least 100 workers gives them a choice: employees get vaccinated or get regularly tested and mask up.

READ MORE: State health officials encourage COVID-19 booster shots for anyone who wants one

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Attorney General Chief of Staff Lori Torres said that’s not a reasonable choice.

“I don’t know how many of you have waited five days to get a test … so, a weekly test times the millions who may not get vaccinated – we’re not even sure whether that’s feasible,” Torres said.

Rokita will work with other states on some of the lawsuits.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.