Anti-Coronavirus Vaccine Measures Moving in Louisiana House

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana would prohibit state and local government agencies from refusing to issue licenses, permits and degrees or barring access to public facilities to someone who isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19 under a bill that started advancing Monday in the state House.

Republican Rep. Kathy Edmonston, of Gonzales, said she proposed the measure to avoid discrimination against people who choose not to get vaccinated. Opponents said no such government vaccination mandates exist in Louisiana and suggested bill supporters were spreading false narratives about the risks of the vaccine.

The House civil law committee sent the bill to the full House for debate with an 8-3 vote.

- Sponsors -

Without objection, the panel also backed a separate measure by Republican Rep. Danny McCormick, of Oil City, that would give employers a broad exemption from civil lawsuits if they don’t require workers or customers to get the coronavirus vaccine and someone contracts COVID-19.

McCormick’s proposal also would prohibit state and local government agencies from refusing to give a permit, business license or professional license to someone based solely on a business’ decision that it won’t require the coronavirus vaccine for employees or customers.

He heavily rewrote the bill to win committee support. The measure heads to the full House for more debate.

- Partner Content -

Entergy’s Energy Smart Program Brings Cost Conscious Innovation to New Orleans

Offering comprehensive energy efficiency at no cost to the consumer, Entergy’s Energy Smart program incentivizes Entergy New Orleans customers to perform energy-saving upgrades in...

Initially, McCormick proposed to declare that any business or entity that requires a coronavirus vaccine for entry into a building, employment or school admission would be liable for civil damages if anyone had injuries or death related to the vaccination. But he faced pushback for that idea.


Digital Sponsors / Become a Sponsor

Follow the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in New Orleans.

Email Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter