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House Debates, But Vote Blocked On COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Ban

Justin Hicks
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IPB News

Indiana House lawmakers debated a ban on so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports Monday.

Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond), a retired physician, offered an amendment to SB 325 that would bar businesses from asking about a person’s vaccination status. It would also stop them from restricting access to a public area of their business without proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Barrett stressed that the COVID-19 vaccines are only under emergency use authorization, not complete Food and Drug Administration approval.

“To me, there are just too many holes in the science that would require that kind of personal information,” Barrett said.

Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) said some businesses – particularly those in the travel industry – should be allowed to ask customers these sorts of questions.

“I believe that it is their choice," Shackleford said. "They are a business; they want to keep their customers safe.”

House Democrats challenged the amendment, successfully blocking even a vote on it using procedural rules.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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