Banning Vaccine Passports Heads To ND Governor
Looks like the North Dakota legislature is being proactive when it comes to government overreach. According to an article in the Jamestown Sun, the North Dakota legislature approved a measure in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to prohibit vaccine mandates to travel at the state level.
House Bill 1465, originally intended for the study of heath insurance networks, passed both chambers on Wednesday, April 28th. Lawmakers however added a provision that would establish a limited ban on a potential "vaccine passports" or documented proof that an individual has been vaccinated. The bill was approved 72-14 in the House and 44-3 in the Senate. Overwhelming support for this bill and it now heads to Governor Doug Burgum's desk.
Can you imagine the backlash if Governor Burgum vetoes this one? However, that is not expected, as an official in his camp says Governor Burgum is opposed to a statewide vaccine passport mandate.
This bill would only apply at the state level and if a nationwide vaccine travel mandate were to be issued, it would no longer apply. There's been rumors that the Joe Biden administration was looking into a mandate and proof of immunization if you wanted to fly. Since then, federal officials have since said they have no such plans. Several other states have already passed, banned or limited vaccine passports, including South Dakota and Montana.
This bill would also prevent state and local governments from requiring private businesses to mandate proof of vaccination. It will also keep bars from requiring proof of vaccination from customers. The ban does not apply to immunization requirements for public schools.
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