Hi, I’m Danny Karon, your Lovable Lawyer here with your quick shot of legal wellness. If you look around the world, you’ll see that plenty of countries require their citizens to get vaccinated. Austria does, Italy does for folks over 50, Greece does for folks over 60. It looks like before long, Germany is going to be added to the list.
Well, efforts to do the same thing stalled here just the other week before the U.S. Supreme Court when it rejected the Biden administration’s effort to require immunizations of 80 million private citizens claiming that it’s governmental overreach. It’s the state’s job, not the federal government’s job.
How come? Well, it’s because the U.S. Constitution grants separate powers to the federal government and the state government. It’s a concept known as federalism and if you look at the Constitution, actually surprisingly few powers are granted to the federal government with the rest being retained by the states.
Now since 1787, this concept of federalism has been a successful experiment in shared governance. Whether federalism will allow us to successfully navigate covid…well, the jury’s still out. If you’d like to learn more about legal wellness, please join me at yourlovablelawyer.com. Until next time, I’m Danny Karon, your Lovable Lawyer.
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