Today, a group of Oklahoma lawmakers wrote an open letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt; asking him to sign an edict to all Oklahoma employers, forbidding them to mandate certain vaccines for all employees. At last count, 20 lawmakers signed the letter. It seeks to block a Sept. 30th mandate from some of the state's largest medical facilities.
The rationale is that perhaps thousands of workers could be fired for failing to prove vaccination records. The next legislative session is going to occur sometime this fall, to approve new congressional boundaries, once the US Census Bureau releases their final report of the 2020 census. This is a matter which should have been addressed as proper legislation for healthcare employee rights.
But is it constitutional?
But, can a governor declare a prohibition on private corporations, especially banning that industry from implementing a safety protocol?
It seems a proper law would only be deemed appropriate if that corporate employee mandate involves a non FDA approved drug.
A corporation would likely win a court battle based on the governor lacking such dictatorial powers, but it would buy time for the legislature to convene and act. Perhaps if a special session was called prior to Sept 30th?
The best argument is that the drug is not safe, as determined by FDA orthodoxy.
Oklahoma House of Representatives
July 15, 2021
Governor J. Kevin Stitt,
As I am sure you are aware there are many healthcare facilities across the state that have decided to mandate the COVID-19 vaccines to their thousands of employees. These employees are the heroes that stood on the front line of the pandemic caring for those that had fallen ill to COVID-19.
Many Oklahomans are about to have their paychecks used against them to make a medical decision that goes against their beliefs. Healthcare workers are left to choose between taking a vaccine authorized for emergency use or risk losing their job, this goes against “liberty and justice for all”. If we do not protect the individual’s right to choose what goes in their body, we no longer live in a free society.
The Oklahoma legislature had bills introduced last session that were related to these type of vaccine mandates, but none of these bills came to be law. Some other states in the country have taken action on these issues while others already had laws on the book to protect their healthcare workers. For example in Oregon, employees such as health care providers, health care facility employees, clinical lab employees, law enforcement, and firefighters are protected by a 1989 state law that says “A worker shall not be required as a condition of work to be immunized” unless otherwise required by federal or state law.
After talking with healthcare workers and citizens across the state many of my colleagues and I have come to the conclusion this is an issue that requires the immediate attention of our State Government. The quickest and most effective way to protect these workers is an executive order prohibiting these mandates.
Those signed onto this letter and I respectfully request you draft an executive order to deal with this issue. If you deem this to be an issue the legislature needs to take care of, we respectfully request you call the legislature into special session to end medical tyranny and help us secure and protect our most basic human rights and civil liberties.