On August 25, 2020

Donovan joins other attorneys general to protect the USPS

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today joined a multi-state coalition in filing a federal lawsuit challenging planned operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service’s sudden and unilateral changes deprived states of their procedural right to comment on such changes before implementation. The coalition argues that cuts at the Postal Service that impact mail service nationwide—eliminating staff overtime, altering operations at state distribution centers, and removing mail sorting equipment—cannot be lawfully implemented without a public notice and comment period.

“Vermonters rely on the Postal Service for timely access to their mail and prescription medications, and mail-in ballots,” said Attorney General Donovan. “More than one hundred thousand Vermonters requested mail-in ballots for last week’s primary election, and we need our Postal Service fully operational for the general election. I will continue to push back on any of the federal government’s attempts to threaten critical mail delivery, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The lawsuit asserts that the Postal Service acted outside of its authority to implement these changes to the postal system, and did not follow the proper procedures required by federal law. Any changes at the Postal Service that have a nationwide impact on mail service must be submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission. The Commission then evaluates the proposal through a procedure that includes public notice and comment.

Joining Attorney General Donovan in today’s lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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