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South Dakota Joins Litigation against OSHA Vaccine Mandates

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, following Governor Noem’s promise to “see [President Biden] in court,” the State of South Dakota joined a lawsuit against the OSHA COVID vaccine mandate issued by the Biden Administration. The lawsuit was filed in the 8th Circuit. Yesterday, Governor Noem posted a video explaining the move here.


“From the very beginning, I’ve told President Biden that I would defend the freedom of the people of South Dakota.” said Governor Kristi Noem. “The Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to take this type of action. The people have freedom and personal responsibility over their health. Here in South Dakota, that will be protected.”


Last month, the State of South Dakota joined a separate lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s federal contractor mandate.


This action follows Governor Noem’s executive order last week to protect South Dakota state employees from the Biden Administration’s illegal mandate for federal contractors. Governor Noem’s order guaranteed medical and religious exemptions for these employees, and Governor Noem also announced her intention to bring legislation to extend similar protections to private workers.


South Dakota is joined in the lawsuit by the states of Missouri, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming.