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Texas Governor Orders Ban On Private Company Vaccine Mandate

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks before he signs Texas SB 576, an anti-smuggling bill that enhances the criminal penalty for human smuggling when a payment is involved, at McAllen City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in McAllen, Texas. (Joel Marinez/The Monitor via AP)

(AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law. The Republican previously sought to ban state and local governments from enforcing a ban but had not stepped into rules businesses set for their workers. It was not immediately clear if the latest order would face a quick court challenge. Texas has seen a recent decrease in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. But a rising death toll from the recent surge caused by the delta variant has the state rapidly approaching 67,000 total fatalities.

 

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