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.
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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.
- Click here to read the bill.
- Click here to contact your representative in the Alaska House.
- Click here to contact members of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee where the bill currently sits.