Gov. Stitt, local lawmakers react to President Biden’s COVID-19 mandates

OKLAHOMA, Okla. (KOKI) — Several local lawmakers are speaking out after President Joe Biden addressed the nation regarding new COVID-19 mandates.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt quickly sent out a statement following the President’s news conference saying, “It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do. Once again President Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights. As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach.”

Not long after, State Representative Kevin Hern reacted saying, “The federal government has once again overstepped into the lives and livelihoods of American citizens.” He goes on to add that, “Private companies, especially small businesses, are already suffocating under the oppressive restrictions put in place at the start of the public health emergency last year. My colleagues and I have warned of the slow march to socialism for years, and we were called liars for it. Turns out it’s not so much a slow march as it is a sprint. More restrictions, more mandates, more socialist policies are never the answer.”

Senator James Lankford tweeted his statement saying that his family chose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and that everyone should have the choice to get it.

Oklahoma’s new Attorney General John O’Connor issued a statement, even saying that his office is preparing litigation

“We respect the right of Oklahoma businesses and individuals to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. My office will vigorously oppose any attempt by the federal government to mandate vaccines. We are preparing litigation to stand up for our rights and defend the rule of law against the overreach of the federal government,” says O’Connor

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.