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Ohio Attorney General Reviewing President Biden's Vaccine Mandate On Businesses

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Andy Chow
Ohio Public Radio
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Ohio Republican Attorney General Dave Yost is looking into possible action against President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees.

Yost, who got the COVID-19 vaccine, said the president doesn't get to force people into getting vaccinated.

Yost said Biden is acting unlawfully by requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate workers get the vaccine or be tested weekly.

"I’m vaccinated, but the president doesn’t get to force me to," Yost said in a Twitter post. "By ordering employees at private companies to vaccinate, test weekly, or quit, he is acting unlawfully again."

He points to last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Biden's eviction moratorium as an example of Biden trying to "act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends."

Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Biden is making a mistake.

But Yost and DeWine have stopped short of saying Ohio would join a potential legal challenge to the vaccine mandate in court, which other Republican governors in states such as South Dakota and Texas have suggested.

Ohio House Republicans have sent Yost asking him to "immediately pursue every legal recourse available, including filing a lawsuit and injunction, to halt this Executive Order," once it's been officially published.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.