Panel OKs House GOP bill to ban employer vaccine mandates

Written by on June 16, 2021

Panel OKs House GOP bill to ban employer vaccine mandates

By The Associated Press

June 16, 2021

A health worker prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for members of Madrid Emergency Service (SUMMA) in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Spain’s rate of infection has shot up to 435 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, prompting new restrictions as authorities try to bring vaccination up to speed. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

A bill that would ban employers from mandating vaccines for workers is advancing in the state House.

The House Labor and Industry Committee on June 15 voted along party lines, with support from all Republicans and united opposition by Democrats.

The committee’s Republican chairman says lawmakers are responding to increasing reports that employers are requiring vaccines, forcing some workers to choose between the vaccine or losing a job.

The bill would let workers avoid mandated workplace vaccinations by putting their objections in writing. They include a doctor’s concerns that health may be compromised or for religious, moral or ethical convictions against a vaccine.

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