Florida’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Friday to block federal health restrictions imposed on the cruise industry amid the pandemic.
In a 31-page report, Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) argued that the limits of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exceed the agency’s authority under federal law.
“The statute gives the CDC limited powers to enact traditional quarantine measures,” the brief states. “It doesn’t allow the agency to remake the entire cruise industry.”
The request was presented to the Justice. Clarence thomasClarence Thomas There is no reason to fill the court Beyond Trump’s flimsy lawsuits, there is a proper path to regulate Cuomo’s ‘gun emergency’ on social media: Illusion disguised as action MORE, who handles emergency matters arising from Florida and surrounding states and who can act only on the request or refer the matter to the rest of the judges.
The CDC effectively stopped cruise ships last year, from the early days of the pandemic in March 2020 through October. Since then, the agency has issued a “conditional exit order,” which allowed the industry to gradually resume operations with certain health restrictions in place, prompting a legal challenge from Florida.
The state says the cruise industry restrictions have cost Florida tens of millions of dollars and threaten to change the summer cruise season for the second year in a row.
Last month, a federal judge in Tampa sided with Florida and found the CDC’s move against illegal government overreach.
But last week, a divided federal appeals court panel agreed to stop enforcement of that ruling while the CDC appealed, prompting Florida to ask the Supreme Court on Friday to lift the suspension.
Governor of Florida Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida Reports Highest Daily COVID-19 Cases Since January First Hearing Set for Lawsuit Over Florida’s New Riot Bill Florida AG Tests Positive for COVID-19 MORE (R) earlier this week sounded with a confident tone when discussing the state’s legal challenge in the case, Florida v. Xavier Becerra.
“I think most courts at this point have had their limit with the CDC issuing these dictates without a firm legal basis,” he said at a news conference in Poinciana, Florida.