The prospect of a fourth special session is methodically building support among Texas legislators.
Thus far, 25 state legislators have publicly called for a fourth special session to ban both public and private vaccine mandates through legislation. Currently, both are prohibited under executive orders by Governor Greg Abbott.
All over the country, vaccine mandates have been issued in various capacities — both public and private — and many are being challenged in court. The federal government’s mandates are garnering the most attention. One, enforced through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), required all businesses to mandate either employee vaccinations or weekly testing. Another requires all federal government contractors to be vaccinated.
Texas is among the numerous states suing the White House over the edicts on multiple fronts. The OSHA mandate was paused temporarily by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 6, but a final decision has not been issued and the case was transferred to the Sixth Circuit.