No Ban On COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates In Indiana – For Now
The Indiana House dismissed an attempt by one lawmaker this week to ban any COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state. But that likely won’t be the last time this issue comes up in the General Assembly.
Rep. John Jacob (R-Indianapolis) tried to introduce an amendment to the redistricting bill that would bar anyone from imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that includes negative consequences – suchas being fired, fined or banned from a facility.
The House refused to consider it. The amendment violated House rules, so there wasn’t even a vote.
But after the House floor session, when Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) was asked whether he supports the idea, he said he struggles with it.
“But I know that it’s going to be a discussion that’s taking place right now across members of our caucus," Huston said. "We’ll have, we’ll have – I’m sure that’ll be a discussion over the next couple months.”
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Huston has said repeatedly that lawmakers’ current work at the Statehouse is solely on redistricting. So, any legislative action on vaccine mandate bans shouldn’t come until next session.