Governor Hutchinson held a press conference Thursday after new rules came down from the federal level of government that aim to implement vaccine mandates on employers.
“The Biden administration followed through with its promise to impose federal vaccine mandates on businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes,” Governor Hutchinson said, “I oppose these mandates on the freedom that businesses should have to run their workplace.”
Governor Hutchinson announced that he intends to fight the federal mandate that is being issued. He said that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will be moving forward with litigation efforts to challenge the OSHA rules that were handed down, and that he will be providing support on those efforts as they pursue legal measures.
Hutchinson read some of the OSHA and CMS rules that were issued and noted that the OSHA rules issued Thursday morning total 490 pages. He mentioned that state, local, and public school district employees are exempt from these rules, as they only apply to the private sector businesses with 100 or more employees.
“The result of these mandates will create hardships on people, businesses, and our efforts to get people back to work,” Governor Hutchinson said, “There is an extraordinary worker shortage right now, and this is going to make the shortage more difficult.”
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge did recently file a lawsuit, with a coalition of 10-states, challenging President Biden’s mandatory vaccination requirement for federal contractors. According to mandate challengers, the mandate is “unconstitutional and requires compliance on a rushed and unrealistic timeline.”
Employees of federal contractors make up one-fifth of the total U.S. workforce.
“I will not allow President Biden to force hardworking Arkansans to either get the shot or lose their jobs,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is another reckless and illegal move by the Biden Administration which will have disastrous economic implications on our rapidly declining American economy.”
The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and led by the Missouri and Nebraska attorneys general. The lawsuit was also joined by Arkansas and the states of Alaska, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.