A bill banning vaccine-based discrimination enjoyed bi-partisan support in passing out of the Alaska State Senate last week. It now faces an uncertain future in the State House, which is controlled by Democrats and a handful of Republicans who have broken ranks with their party.

Senate Bill 156, which recognizes that Alaskans have a fundamental right to decline vaccines without suffering persecution and discrimination, passed the Senate 13-6 last week. It now sits in the House State Affairs Committee, where Democrats enjoy a 4-3 majority.

Chaired by Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) the committee includes three other members who regularly support far-left legislation: Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau). The Republican members include Representatives Sarah Vance (Homer), James Kaufman (Anchorage) and David Eastman (Wasilla).

Members of the Alaska House who have signed on as sponsors of the legislation include Eastman, House Majority Leader Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Rep. George Rauscher (R-Sutton), Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla) and Rep. Christopher Kurka (R-Wasilla).

The bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the House State Affairs Committee. If it does manage to pass out of the House, and is signed into law by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, it would bar any form of vax-based discrimination including denial of medical treatment, goods and services, employment or access to publicly available facilities and accommodations.

The bill was originally introduced by Sen. Lora Reinbold


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Fate of bill banning vax discrimination rests in AK House State Affairs

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 DeWitt says:

    Good luck all that want this insane practice to stay. It needs to be gone along with covid! Thank you all in Juneau for fighting to get rid of discrimination.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    It’s a no brainer stop the madness.
    If this bill does not pass. Then we need to vote out these afraid baa baa sheep down in Juneau.
    You know they will try to control you again with masks, lockdowns and boosters.

  • Patrocles says:

    I think we should start now to get this on the ballot in the fall as a referendum. I believe this bill would have the support of way more than a majority of voters even if it doesn’t have a majority in the house. I do not believe that a majority of the constituents of the left leaning representatives would actually want their reps to ditch this bill. That the House Majority Leader is co-sponsoring is telling. I believe that ending tyranny would be in everybody’s best interest. I would urge that anyone reading this at least email your representative to request this bill at least be scheduled for a hearing to allow the public to comment. If it does not come up scheduled for hearing we should really think of proactivly getting it set up as a referendum this fall.

  • Prison Nation says:

    Republicans breaking rank with their party is an example of a non virtuous, this is why America has fallen, how can citizens vote for a candidate that they really don’t know? Here we have a bunch of pretend Republicans that are traitors, with rank choice voting, mail in voting, a bias Supreme Court judge that favors democrats on redistricting the voting map, go ahead Alaskans keep voting and pretend you have freedom.

  • Larry Wood says:

    SB156 is a good bill and needs to become law. However, the real nut jobs on the left are in the House where there are too many RINOs. The House Minority needs to push hard on this bill. What has come out over the last few months about vaccines and COVID should lead anyone to question the push to vaccinate. More healthy people are dying for reasons not connected to a disease. The only correlation is being vaccinated. Over 80,000 additional deaths of those under 40 and another 50K for those 40-60. Pay attention and read. COVID is no longer a threat. Fauci and the big pharma are.

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