Judy, a three-judge panel of the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, agreed Saturday to block the new rule while it is pending.
The judges said they took action because the petitions suggest there are serious legislative and constitutional problems with the mandate.
Alan Wilson is the South Carolina attorney general who is one of the plaintiffs.
Mr. Wilson, thank you very much for joining us.
Tell us why you joined this promotion, why you joined us by challenging this rule.
Alan Wilson (right), South Carolina Attorney General: Well, for the very reasons the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has stated, because of the serious legislative and constitutional issues at stake here.
And one of the things we did about six weeks ago: 24 states signed a letter to the administration – two other states, by the way, wrote their own letter, so 26 states in total sent a letter to the president saying that what you done through the dictates of the executive branch is unconstitutional. You are expanding OSHA’s capabilities beyond what Congress originally planned.
And so we are trying to limit this power. OSHA is not authorized to enforce such requirements. And so we are trying to protect the 85 million to 100 million Americans who would be hurt if it came into effect.