Introduced by Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) back in mid-April, House Bill 175 aims to protect Alaskans from governmental attempts to coerce them into getting a COVID shot.

So far, only five legislators have signed on as sponsors of the bill – Sarah Vance, Christopher Kurka, Ron Gilham, Ken McCarty, Kevin McCabe and Sara Rasmussen.

The bill states plainly that barring an emergency declaration by the governor, no business, state agency, state university, municipality, school district or other unit of local government can require a person to submit to a COVID jab. Furthermore, none of the above entities can require Alaskans to prove that they had the injection, or deny the non-vaxed from accessing public areas, facilities or benefits.

Additionally, no employers covered under the bill (unless authorized by federal law) can require an employee or applicant for employment to undergo or prove they had a COVID shot, nor can they discriminate against them with regards to tenure, compensation, benefits or other areas.

The bill allows employees to bring a civil suit against employers who violate the proposed law to seek injunctive relief, actual damages and punitive damages.

This bill is currently in the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee.


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Only five State House members are sponsors of bill to protect Alaskans from COVID vax mandates

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.


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Well it appears we have 5 elected officials that have their heads in the right place! Keep up the good work.

  • Andy says:


  • G Aleution says:

    Rights cannot be diminished under this US Constitution which is the law of the land as opposed to the water. Anything in conflict with the US Constitution is void for effect. ALL members are bound by oath to support and defend the Constitution. Instruments of government do not yield we the people’s sovereignty to agencies of servants. Agents (agencies) of elected servants never ascend the throne of dictator in this republic. The free people retain all sovereign unalienable rights.

  • G Aleution says:

    Our boroughs are free people. No person or government may usurp Constitutional rights or infringe on them. Corporations may not infringe or violate any rights especially those that dip into the cookie jar of trust funds like medicare, or medicaid, or who accept transportation subsidies. Policies nor conduct may infringe on the free people’s equal rights.

  • Jen says:

    There is Rep. Rasmussen agian being unpredictable. Alaska GOP need a more predictable and loyal Republican over district 22

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      I don’t trust Sara she will say one thing then jump to the otherside/democrats
      she a rhino Vote her out

  • Larry Wood says:

    Drops the round short in that the bill fails to bar businesses from requiring the vaccines as a condition of employment. However, good first step.

  • Larry Wood says:

    HD 11’s Rep. DeLena Johnson seems to be absent, also.

  • Molly says:

    Perhaps, if the anti-vaxer legislators would encourage vaccination, there would be no need for mandates.

  • G Aleution says:

    There is no need for medical mandates in the US. Medical mandates had a place in nazi concentration camps in Germany. This is not a nazi country or concentration camp, yet; is it?