Idaho House passes bill banning requirements for COVID-19 vaccine
Idaho House passes bill banning requirements for COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho House passes bill banning requirements for COVID-19 vaccine

Legislation to impose a one-year ban on COVID-19 vaccine requirements from businesses, venues or employers in the state now goes to the governor’s desk.

BOISE, Idaho – This article originally appeared in Idaho Press.

Despite opposition from some businesses in Idaho, Idaho House on Friday gave the final passage to the “Coronavirus Pause Act,” which sent legislation to the governor’s desk to impose a one-year ban on COVID-19 vaccine requirements from businesses, venues or employers in the state .

The House vote was 45-23 in favor of SB 1381, which had previously passed the Senate.

The only exceptions allowed in the bill are for health professionals who are subject to federal law, existing contractual arrangements, and employees who are required to travel out of state or enter specific work areas where vaccines are required. Violations will be punishable by fines of $ 1,000.

Rep. Ben Adams, R-Nampa, the House’s sponsor of the bill, said it is “to try to solve a problem that was at the forefront of everyone’s minds here in Idaho: People lost their jobs because of a shot. And this legislation. is a culmination of all these efforts. ”

Several bills have been introduced by GOP legislators this year to ban vaccine mandates from private companies. Among them: The House previously adopted HB 581, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Shepherd, R-Pollock, for making it a crime for any employer, even for just a single home care worker, to inquire about an employee’s vaccine status.

Shepherd spoke in favor of SB 1381 last Friday.

“We showed courage, we took the initiative to defend the individual rights of citizens in this state when we passed that bill and sent it to the other side,” Shepherd said, referring to the Senate, where HB 581 did not move forward. “I congratulate the people on the other side of the rotunda for listening to the people and bringing this back to us. That is what I consider a compromise.… They chose the individual rights of the citizens over the corporate wallet.”

It is now up to Governor Brad Little to sign the bill, veto it or let it go without his signature. He has five days to act.

HOW THEY VOTED

Here’s how Treasure Valley representatives voted on SB 1381, the “Coronavirus Pause Act,” on requirements for occupational and employer vaccines:

Vote for:

Reps. Ben Adams, R-Nampa; Judy Boyle, R-Midvale; Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell; Brent Crane, R-Nampa; Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle; Greg Ferch, R-Boise; Codi Galloway, R-Boise; Steven Harris, R-Meridian; James Holtzclaw, R-Meridian; Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth; Jason Monks, R-Meridian; Mike Moyle, R-Star; Tammy Nichols, R-Middleton; Joe Palmer, R-Meridian; Bruce Skaug, R-Nampa; John Vander Woude, R-Nampa; Julie Yamamoto, R-Caldwell; and Rick Youngblood, R-Nampa.

Votes against:

Reps. Steve Berch, D-Boise; Sue Chew, D-Boise; John Gannon, D-Boise; Brooke Green, D-Boise; Chris Mathias, D-Boise; John McCrostie, D-Garden City; Colin Nash, D-Boise; Lauren Necochea, D-Boise; Ilana Rubel, D-Boise; and Scott Syme, R-Caldwell.

This article was originally published in Idaho Press, read more at IdahoPress.com.

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