A passionate and lengthy public hearing on a proposed bill to prohibit vaccine discrimination in Alaska received overwhelming support from those who called in to testify before the Senate State Affairs Committee on Feb. 8.

Sen. Lora Reinbold, center, listens during a two-hour public hearing, Feb. 8, on her vaccine non-discrimination bill.

Introduced by Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River), Senate Bill 156 affirms that Alaskans have a right to decline Covid shots without suffering from various forms of discrimination.

For two hours Alaskans spoke before legislators about being denied medical treatment or entrance to public buildings for refusing the experimental shots. Others shared stories of losing their livelihoods due to Covid mandates.

Participants noted increased breakthrough rates among those deemed “fully vaccinated,” as well as vaccine related deaths and adverse reactions to the vaccine.

Several people highlighted the fact that natural immunity is increasingly documented as a viable means of protections against Covid.

“I believe this bill is keeping with our country’s principles of anti-discrimination and progress,” one man stated.

“We shouldn’t discriminate between those who choose to be a part of a science experiment and those who do not,” said Eagle River resident Lisa Gentemann. “Alaskans have the right to rely on natural immunity.”

Many argued that vaccination should only ever be a personal choice.

“I believe this bill is keeping with our country’s principles of anti-discrimination and progress,” one man stated.

Several participants urged lawmakers to pass the bill out of committee so that Alaskans can clearly see where their elected representatives stand on vaccine freedoms.

The bill explicitly prohibits state agencies or political subdivisions from adopting any policy that “requires an individual to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order for the individual to exercise a right or receive a benefit that is available to the public.”

Additionally, the bill bans the state from requiring Alaskans to produce documentation of a Covid injection or to produce a Covid immunity passport in order to travel within the state.

The bill also prohibits individuals or governmental entities from denying employment, public accommodations or any local or state services, goods, facilities, advantages, privileges, licensing, educational opportunities, health care access, or employment opportunities based on the individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

Finally, the bill affirms that individuals may object to Covid shots based on religious, medical or other grounds, and parents can object to Covid jabs for their children based on the same criteria.

“A person may not require an individual to provide justification or documentation to support the individual’s decision to decline a COVID-19 vaccine or to decline a COVID-19 vaccine for a minor child,” the bill clarifies.

The bill was held in the Senate State Affairs Committee, where Reinbold said she expects it to undergo amendments before passing onto the Senate Health and Social Services Committee, chaired by Sen. David Wilson.


Email and phone messages can be sent to the following Senate State Affairs Committee members:

Senate State Affairs Committee: 

— Senator Mike Shower (Chairman): – Phone: 907-465-6600

— Senator Lora Reinbold – Phone: 907-465-3822

— Senator Mia Costello – Phone: 907-465-4968

— Senator Roger Holland – Phone: 907-465-4843

— Senator Scott Kawasaki – Phone: 907-465-3466

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Alaskans implore State Senate to pass bill prohibiting vax discrimination

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.


  • Ross Perrine says:

    Thank you Senator Lora Reinbold for introducing this bill SB156 and for having the courage to stand up for the rights of all Alaskans and for our right to medical freedom and informed consent!

  • Andy says:

    We’re about to see what our elected officials are made of.

  • Charlie says:

    “We shouldn’t discriminate between those who choose to be a part of a science experiment and those who do not,” Well said for it is an experiment and I might add a failed experiment at that. People are double jabbed and boosted and still getting the virus, still having to wear two masks to feel safer. If it truly was a vaccine and protected people then why are they still getting sick. 80 percent of those in the hospitals in Israel are fully loaded with the “Vaccine”. Its a failure and its time they admitted it. Its time to take our lives back from this insanity. I do not trust the liberals in Juneau to do the right thing. Not holding my breath. Until Alaskan’s do the right thing at the voting booths we are stuck in this man made crisis.

  • Matthew Sampson says:

    Thank you Sen. Lora Reinbold! I can’t wait to see where our representatives stand on the matter come vote time.
    I applaud the work you are doing! My only complaint against you is that you don’t live in Fairbanks. God knows we need people like you.

  • kendal says:

    Get ready to email the members of the Health and Social Services committee. This bill will move to that committee today! Then it will have difficulties and challenges ahead. Please email Chairman , , , . We cant get it through the committees without the overwhelming testimony and support! Please email them today!!!!

  • DoneWithIt says:

    And Dumbleavy is standing tall – doing nothing again…

  • Dee Cee says:

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