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9th Circuit rules Biden had power to mandate COVID-19 vaccines

A federal court of appeals has ruled the Biden administration has the power to require the state or any Arizona company with a federal contract to vaccinate all of its workers against COVID-19.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower ruling and rejected claims that were first brought by former Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

He argued that the executive order from Biden went beyond the scope of the president’s authority.

The judges said Biden was justified in imposing the vaccine mandate to ensure those with federal contracts, such as state universities, perform their work efficiently and on time.

A spokesperson for Arizona’s current attorney general, Kris Mayes, said the office is reviewing the ruling before deciding whether to appeal further.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.