Iowa House votes against considering a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Iowa House votes against considering a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Iowa House votes against considering a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates

ONE proposals that would ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates from employers, schools, businesses and government agencies failed in the Iowa House of Representatives Wednesday.

Under the law, employers who fire someone for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 will be fined $ 50,000. The proposal includes exceptions when federal law requires vaccination.

It takes 51 votes to pass a bill in the Iowa House.

Iowa House GOP Communications Director Melissa Deatsch said they had 51 votes in favor before bringing the bill to a vote. She was asked what happened.

“We do not know,” Deatsch said. “Obviously it did not turn out to be anything.”

It is very rare for a bill to fail when a vote is taken by the full house or senate because the majority party typically only proposes bills that they know have sufficient support to pass.

House Republicans used another bill as a means to the bill to ban vaccine mandates. Legislators were asked to vote to “suspend the rules” in order to move forward with it, which requires a majority of the votes cast to succeed.

The vote to suspend the rules was 48 to 50, with all Democrats present and 12 of the 60 Republican lawmakers voting no.

At least three of the Republicans who voted “no” have spoken out against vaccine mandates and has supported much broader legislation to ban vaccines against other diseases.

Rep. Jeff Shipley, R-Birmingham, was one of them.

“I think there are other ways to address it more comprehensively,” Shipley said. “It was COVID-19-specific and there is other discrimination. So why do we not address the question of whether one can discriminate on the basis of a flu vaccine?

Shipley said he is not a “hard no” to the bill, and he said he thinks a similar proposal could come up later in the session. He said different legislators had different reasons to oppose the legislation.

The proposal also included a version of legislation proposed by Governor Kim Reynolds that would limit non-pecuniary damages awarded by juries in lawsuits involving truck accidents. Some GOP legislators are against this policy.

House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst, D-Windsor Heights, said before the vote that no Democrats would vote for the bill.

“If I were business, I would have a lot of worries that I might have to pay a $ 50,000 fine just because someone was fired because of COVID,” Konfrst said. “I wanted a lot of questions about what that means in terms of how I can run my business.”

Last fall, the Iowa Legislative Assembly passed a law expanding staff capacity to emerge from COVID-19 vaccine mandates and to extend the unemployment benefit to those who are fired for not being vaccinated.

This session, Parliament passed a separate bill banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates in schools, and a Senate committee introduced the bill on Wednesday afternoon.

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