Federal Judge Tosses Transportation Mask Mandate Law

April 20, 2022

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle overturned the federal government’s transportation mask mandate that was just recently extended. According to Judge Mizelle, she claimed she could overturn the mandate on her interpretation of the term “sanitation.” In the 1944 Public Health Service Act, it states that if the government is trying to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, it can “provide for such inspection, fumigation, disinfection, sanitation, pest extermination, destruction of animals or articles found to be so infected or contaminated as to be sources of dangerous infection to human beings, and other measures, as in his judgment may be necessary.” The Biden administration argued that masks qualified as “sanitation” under the law, but Mizelle disagreed.

Source: NPR

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