Introduced on April 14, House Bill 175 recognizes COVID-19 immunization rights for Alaskans who decline to get the experimental COVID shots.

Sponsored by Representatives Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski), Sarah Vance (R-Homer) and Christopher Kurka (R-Wasilla), the bill states that unless there is a disaster emergency declaration in effect, no government or private business can mandate that employees get COVID-19 shots as a condition of employment. It also bans such entities from barring Alaskans from access to an area or service that is open to the general public, and recognizes the right of Alaskans to file civil action if discriminated against for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“HB 175 preserves an individual right to determine whether COVID-19 vaccination is necessary,” Rep. Carpenter said. “There is concern among many Alaskans that the COVID-19 vaccines were rushed through the FDA approval process. Alaskans should not be forced to receive a vaccine that has not undergone the full approval process and all the risks are known.”  

The proposed law would apply to all state agencies, municipalities, school districts and all other units of local government as well as private Alaska businesses.

The bill specifically states that an employer “may not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment regarding tenure, compensation, employee benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment because the employee or applicant refuses to undergo or prove receipt of a vaccination against COVID-19…”

The bill comes at a time when some employers such as the Bering Straits Native Corporation are moving towards mandating COVID shots for all employees.

HB 175 is currently in the House Community & Regional Affairs Committee, which is co-chaired by Rep. Sara Hannan (D-Juneau) and Rep. Calvin Schrage (NA-Anchorage). It is not yet scheduled for a hearing.

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House bill seeks to ban mandatory COVID vaccines in Alaska

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Patrick Dalton says:

    Here is our opportunity to support proactive legislation. I just wrote in support to CRA committee through the link.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    My body, my choice – right, CommieLibs?
    One day this event will be viewed as a classic representation of Mass Hysteria.
    If you are wearing a mask and getting this gene therapy shot (it’s not a vaccine) – you are the kind of person that allows fascism and tyranny to exist – this behaviour and acquiescense to the State is why totalitarianism exists – the State doesn’t need to bring guns in the street for forced compliance – the majority of the sheeple will do WHATEVER they are told.
    It’s really sad…

  • Ross Perrine says:

    Thank you Representatives Ben Carpenter, Sarah Vance, and Christopher Kurka for sponsoring this bill and demonstrating your clear intent and courage to Stand Up and Support and Defend the Constitutional Rights of all Alaskans!

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      NOTWITHSTANDING most not mean much to your understandings of Liberty ! Try Again Ross Perrine … We are not in France!

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Finally a bill that has some BRAINS in it! With HIPPA Laws we don’t need to share medical information with anyone we don’t want to.

  • Theresa says:

    “unless there is a disaster emergency declaration in effect”

    NO! NO! NO!

    I reserve the right to make healthcare decisions for myself and my family, WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS AN EMERGENCY DECLARATION.

    Ok, I’m done shouting. Why on earth is there an “unless” in there?

    • Klee says:

      Agreed. All it takes is a swipe of a pen to declare an emergency. Proof in a 99.95% recoverable variant. This doesn’t stop anything once a declaration is made. Basically says the govt can mandate and do whatever the hell it wants by just declaring a lie whenever they do choose. Damn, more people should be picking up on this. As for me and my family, firm F-No to medical tyranny.

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Thank you , True Patriot Theresa 🙂

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    It’s my life End of Story
    Why are so many people in Alaska and across the country Afraid
    I Guess there’s a Lot of Sheep out there, walking, Running to the cliffs edge
    I can make my own life’s CHOICES good or bad.
    Who’s in charge of your life You are the government.

  • Theresa says:

    Actually, the bill says “notwithstanding a disaster emergency declared by the governor…”

    Doesn’t notwithstanding mean “in spite of,” “all the same,” “nevertheless”? So that, even if there is a disaster emergency declaration by the governor, vaccines may not be mandated?

    Maybe I need another cup of coffee…it doesn’t seem like it should be this difficult to understand the actual meaning of the text!

    • says:

      Problem is this is easily overturned based Jacobson vs Mass., 1905. The “notwithstanding” clause won’t stand judicial scrutiny. But high-5 to the legislators who are at least trying to address that!

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      Just like our fake mayor and assembly not understanding the word “shall”…these people have taken over our city and are now trying to do so to the state. I’m glad I am old and have several serious health conditions; I DO NOT want to live in a country like ours is turning into. My elderly mother agrees, we talk about all the time.

  • Jani says:

    I hope this goes through. I know people who have been required and already had the vaccine in order to keep their jobs.

    That is so wrong! Will that employer be required to pay for health care should th employee end up with lifelong health issues because of it? Will the employer pay for all costs associated with death and provide continuing income to the surviving spouse and children? I think that would be required under Worker’s Compensation.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    When non-compliance is outlawed, only non-compliants will be outlaws.

  • Bill Hendricks says:

    The proposal will never see the light of day cause the sheepeople won’t allow it to even have a hearing

  • Fat Albert says:

    There is two ways a fool is fooled. 1.To believe what is not true. 2. To not believe what is true. Fact, the virus at hand, covid-19 is just the delivery vehicle, it came from nature. Fact, the spike protein or warhead was genetically created in a national biological lab in China, funded in part by the CCP and US pharmaceutical company’s. This spike protein was attached to the virus in this lab and released for whatever reason still unknown. Fact, the pharmaceutical companies that developed the coved vaccine have replicated the code in the protein and its in the experimental gene therapy many among us think we should receive before entering their facility, or business. Question, why would anyone think this is a good idea?

  • Data says what it says says:

    Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA
    The American Journal of Medicine
    Volume 134, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 16-22
    Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection
    The American Journal of Medicine Now Recommends HCQ for COVID19 –

    VAERS Database – COVID19 and Patient Died –
    Four COVID Vaccines Compared
    For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.
    The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense.”
    See new CDC mortality category: PIC, which groups pneumonia, influenza & COVID19 together/reports them all as COVID deaths –
    The deaths from Covid came at the expense of normal heart disease and other deaths, which declined for no apparent reason. As one declined the other went up by the same amount.
    Virus are 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size.  Masks being utilized don’t seal to your face, eyes exposed. No way to have a fit test with masks being utilized.  Required, particulate filter efficient against a 0.3 mm MMAD. mask – – filter
    If your reading glasses fog up when you wear a mask, how is a mask going to stop a virus? 
    Ages 0-19:     99.997%
    Ages 20-49:  99.98%
    Ages 50-69:  99.5%
    Ages 70+:       94.6% -
    FDA Safety Surveillance of COVID-19 Vaccines : DRAFT Working list of possible adverse event outcomes ***Subject to change*** 
    Encephalitis/myelitis/encephalomyelitis/ meningoencephalitis/meningitis/ encepholapathy
    MultisystemInflammatorySyndrome in Children
    Vaccineenhanceddisease –

  • EscapedAnchorage says:

    YES!!!!! I love it when the fruits of my labor in strongly worded E-mails to the legislation works.

    Now off to write one in support of HB 175.

  • G Aleution says:

    If this gets passed a lot of people will move to Alaska and that might be good for big government.

  • Jan DeLand says:

    I think the editor misinterpreted the meaning of “notwithstanding” as I would have also on my first reading. The fact that Vance and Kurka are sponsors tipped me off that I need to look up the meaning, because I trust them both to be intelligent patriots working on behalf of their constituents. All definitions I found of “notwithstanding” can be summed up by “in spite of”. This is a good bill.