Gov Gregg Abbott (R) of Texas signed an executive order banning mandatory vaccines within the Lonestar State. The order was put in place on Monday.
Shortly before this, under the compounded problems of across-the-board poor economics and problematic foreign policy, the Biden administration leaned heavy into blaming the unvaccinated for much of the nation’s financial woes.
Gov Abbott has effectively responded and hit back, saying, these recommended mandates are hobbling jobs recovery: “[I]n yet another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID- 19 disaster.”
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The action was further referred to Chief Clerk of the House and Texas Secretary of State. Abbott is hoping for it be considered during state lawmakers current special discussions. If the mandate ban is crafted into law, the executive order will be ended.
Penalties are attached to a violation of the mandate ban. Under Texas code 418.173, a violation, in this instance is considered an offense. And, under certain conditions, can result in maximum penalties of 180 days in jail or 1,000 USD fine.
Political realities and the current emphasis among conservatives towards individual liberty are likely also in play. Various conservative contenders against Abbott’s governorship in 2022 are speaking out. They have previously made their severe stance against vaccine mandates known.