SC House Speaker, other Republicans vow vaccine order fight

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FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2021 file photo, South Carolina Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, gives a speech calling for decorum in the House in Columbia, S.C. Lucas sent a letter to his Republican colleagues in the House saying they would all meet as soon as they can to discuss how to fight an order from President Joe Biden ordering all larger businesses have their employees get COVID-19 vaccines or undergo weekly testing. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans in the South Carolina House plan to meet as soon as they can to figure out how to fight back against President Joe Biden’s order that all larger businesses require their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

House Speaker Jay Lucas sent a letter to his Republican colleagues telling them it goes against every notion of privacy. But Lucas says House Republicans need to respond in a way that is legal since they are out of session.

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey says he thinks Biden’s order will be overturned before lawmakers could return.

South Carolina is in the bottom 10 in the U.S. in percentage of fully vaccinated people at just under 49%.

Editor’s note: This Associated Press story has been updated with the most recent vaccination percentage as of Friday, Sept. 10.

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