A federal judge in St. Petersburg, Florida effectively ended the President’s mask mandate on airplanes Monday, ruling the CDC lacks the “statutory authority” to enforce the requirement on millions of American travelers.
“The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking according to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA),” reports CBS News.
“The court concludes that the mask mandate exceeds the CDC’s statutory authority and violates the procedures required for agency rulemaking under the APA,” the judge explained. “Accordingly, the court vacates the mandate and remands it to the CDC.”
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