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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit on Tuesday that aims to stop school districts from imposing mask requirements.

What they're saying: Schmitt alleges in the lawsuit that mask mandates are "not supported by the science and are an arbitrary and capricious measure."

  • "Despite the science, some public school districts require all students to wear a mask on school buses, school property, and while engaging in school activities. These mask mandates are arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, and unlawful, and such measures are unsupported by data or science," the lawsuit claims.
  • Schmitt argues that "[t]he science shows that mask use by young children is detrimental to their communication skills at a critical stage of their development."

The other side: White House press secretary Jen Psaki commented on the lawsuit during a Tuesday briefing, saying "the president thinks that’s completely unacceptable" and that such actions "put more kids at risk."

The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of universal indoor masking for school staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Between the lines: The state does not ban school districts from imposing mask mandates, but guidance from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says "such decisions should be made at the discretion of local boards of education, in consultation with local public health officials."

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Oct 26, 2021 - Health

New York City police union files lawsuit against vaccine mandate

Combination images of New York City Patrolman Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images/David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

New York City's biggest police union filed a lawsuit Monday against Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all NYC public employees.

Why it matters: The mandate requires all city employees to have had at least one dose by this Friday. They must show proof of vaccination or they'll be placed on unpaid leave. The Police Benevolent Association of New York tweeted Monday that it's seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the mandate, pending the outcome of its lawsuit.

Oct 25, 2021 - World

U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The updated guidance, which exempts children under the age of 18 from the vaccine requirement, is intended to provide further clarity for airlines and foreign nationals who have been restricted from traveling to the U.S. since early 2020.

Oct 25, 2021 - Health

DeSantis touts bonuses for unvaccinated police who relocate to Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference Friday in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans Sunday to "hopefully sign" legislation to provide a $5,000 bonus to police officers who relocate to Florida in order to avoid COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Why it matters: The governor's pledge during an appearance on Fox News comes amid escalating tensions with the Biden administration over its upcoming vaccine requirement for federal workers.