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).
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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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