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Indiana House Lawmakers Ask Governor To Stop IU's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Lauren Chapman
IPB News

Nineteen Indiana House lawmakers – led by Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) – want the governor to stop Indiana University from mandating students, faculty and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The group of GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday. In it, they say students will drop classes, be ostracized from campus and employees will be fired if IU is allowed to mandate the vaccine.

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The legislators also point out the vaccine has not been fully approved by the FDA – it is under emergency use authorization.

The House lawmakers want Holcomb to use his executive power to stop IU from mandating the vaccine. Many of those same lawmakers have decried the governor’s use of executive authority throughout the pandemic.

The 19 lawmakers are Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle), Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty), Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute), Rep. Matt Hostetler (R-Fort Branch), Rep. John Jacob (R-Indianapolis), Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne), Rep. Cindy Ledbetter (R-Chandler), Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper), Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford), Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford), Rep. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City), Rep. Hal Slager (R-Dyer), Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) and Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola).

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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.