November 5, 2021 |
The Special Session of the 66th Wyoming Legislature ended on a sobering note. After raising expectations around the state, the weeklong session proved only that Wyoming’s legislative branch is powerless to combat an unlawful presidential order.
Lawmakers called themselves into session to consider laws that push back against the White House mandate requiring state residents undergo a forced drug injection with dubious efficacy against COVID-19. It ended in failure with nothing of significance passing.
Governor Mark Gordon admitted as much in a closing letter to lawmakers. In the Senate, the governor’s remarks were read into the record by the clerk.
Even if the RNA-altering drugs being mandated by the White House were foolproof, forcing the shot on workers would carry ethical concerns. The moral problem is compounded by the history of the shots. Nearly a year of real-world experience around the globe shows the drugs do not stop the spread of virus, and in some cases produce harmful side effects, even death. The presidential mandate forcing the jab has produced a constitutional crisis that extends beyond the powers of the state legislature.
In a joint letter to Governor Gordon after the session concluded, the presiding officers of the Legislature — Senate President Dan Dockstader and House Speaker Eric Barlow — expressed the limitations of what state lawmakers can do in the situation. They stated that the single bill sent to the governor’s desk for his signature “articulates the belief of the majority of Wyoming residents that the decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice.” They said lawmakers provided the governor “with the guidance and the resources” to address the matter in the courts.
The governor wasted no time. Governor Gordon announced over the noon hour Thursday that Wyoming is moving forward with other states to sue the Biden Administration over what he described as “unconstitutional” vaccine mandates. The lawsuit will drop as soon the emergency temporary standard, expected today, is issued by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration. This federal standard would impact numerous Wyoming businesses. The governor said the state is prepared. He added that “we cannot allow the rights of Wyoming citizens and her industries to be trampled on by federal overreach.”
The federal rule goes into effect on January 4th. Details of OSHA’s emergency rule began emerging yesterday, as in this report on business channel CNBC.
The OSHA clampdown involves “planned inspections” and heavy fines of $14,000 per violation at the start with increases to as much as $136,000 for repeat violations.
A warning issued during debate on the floor of the State House last week is now becoming a reality. The White House-Big Pharma-CDC cartel shows no desire to rein in the control they gained last year during the national hysteria over COVID.
As state lawmakers grappled with how to respond to the takeover, Representative Chip Neiman of Crook County said while the workplaces hit first by the federal mandate are those with at least 100 workers, the targets will grow. Neiman cautioned that the real intent is to come for everyone eventually.
OSHA announced Thursday that it’s is considering expanding the mandate to companies with less than 100 workers. The agency is seeking comments to determine if smaller companies can implement the forced jab “without undue disruption.” What’s after that? Representative Neiman anticipated the next step last week during debate over a House bill that later died.
Stay tuned. More fallout is expected as lawsuits are filed across the country by states and businesses against the federal government over the mandate.