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Rokita joins lawsuit to end federal transportation mask mandate

Lauren Chapman

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is joining Indiana to a multi-state lawsuit targeting one of the few remaining federal COVID-19 mask mandates.

The federal government’s mask mandate for transportation hubs — such as airports, bus terminals and train stations — and on public buses, trains and airplanes remains in effect until April 18.

But Rokita and 20 other state attorneys general want to end it sooner. They argue the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has exceeded its authority by requiring masks while traveling.

The lawsuit also notes that almost all states across the country have dropped their mask mandates.

The CDC’s order said the mask mandate’s purpose is to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.