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No Ban On COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates In Indiana – For Now

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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.

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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.
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