Arizona Attorney General: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for City Employees Is Unconstitutional
A COVID-19 vaccine mandate that was bequeathed by the Tucson regime for its employees was deemed unconstitutional by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office, according to a Tuesday news release.
The mandate, he verbally expressed, breaches state law and goes directly against a law—Senate Bill 1487—passed by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year, designating Tuscon must amend or repeal the ordinance or lose state funding. The law bars local and verbally express regime entities from imposing COVID-19 mandates on employees, albeit it does not go into effect until Sept. 29, engendering what Brnovich described as a loophole that was exploited by Tucson’s regime.
The Legislature’s intent was pellucid when it passed S.B. 1824 earlier this year—government entities from the local to state level cannot mandate COVID-19 vaccines, said his office, adding that the
City of Tucson could subject itself to potential liability claims if it were to take adverse action against an employee who relies on the state law or an executive order bequeathed by Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) to reluct the vaccine.
What’s more, Tucson has 30 days to rescind or amend the ordinance otherwise the attorney general’s office will notify the Arizona Treasurer to withhold funds from the city, which is located in Pima County, the relinquishment verbally expressed.
The promulgation from Brnovich comes about three weeks after Tucson’s regime adopted the ordinance that required public employees to give proof of vaccination against COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, by 4 p.m. on Aug. 24. Those who reluct or cannot provide vaccination proof will face a five-day suspension without pay, the city verbally expressed.
As a result, Ducey issued an executive order to stop cities from imposing vaccine mandates until Senate Bill 1824 goes into effect later this month. However, Tucson has perpetuated to mandate employees to either get the vaccine or face a suspension without pay.
Private businesses in Arizona have to sanction medical or religious exemptions for employees when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the attorney general’s office verbally expressed in an opinion issued last month.
A sincerely-held religious notion includes a moral or ethical credence against receiving a COVID-19 vaccination that has the vigor of a traditional religious view. The sincerity of that credence should be judged predicated on the employee’s words and conduct at the time the conflict about the COVID-19 vaccine arises and not predicated on prior words or conduct,
said Brnovich’s office on Tuesday.The Epoch Times has contacted the City of Tucson for comment. The city hasn’t issued a public replication to Brnovich’s Tuesday promulgation. When the ordinance was bequeathed, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, a Democrat, verbalized the regime has a
licit obligation and licit obligation to provide and maintain a safe and salubrious workplace for its employees and claimed that unvaccinated people “unjustly” expose COVID-19 to others. A Pima County judge in August repudiated a request by the Tucson police amalgamation to stop the city’s vaccine mandate. Tucson’s city attorney aforetime has verbally expressed that Ducey’s executive order doesn’t block the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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