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Government overreach: House committees vote on workplace vaccine policy bills

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Let business decide

Despite serious concerns from the employer community, the Judiciary Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives has advanced anti-business legislation on workplace vaccination policies.

More than 30 bills have been filed in Missouri this year to upend private employers’ ability to require vaccination, including the COVID-19 vaccine. This is an emerging issue across the country.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is leading the fight against this legislation and standing up against efforts by state government to set workplace vaccination policy.

Our position is simple — let business decide.

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More than 300 employers and business leaders have already co-signed a Missouri Chamber letter asking lawmakers to oppose this legislation — click here to sign. In addition, the business community has sent more than 150 emails to lawmakers in recent days on this issue — click here to send an email.

The House Rules and Administrative Oversight Committee passed two bills on February 7 that deal with workplace vaccination policies. Both bills require employers to provide reasonable accommodations, including an exemption, if an employee has a religious belief that conflicts with a COVID-19 vaccine requirement in the workplace, unless doing so creates an undue hardship. The committee’s passage of these bills sends them to the House floor.

The Missouri Chamber will continue to protect businesses from governmental overreach.

For more information, contact Missouri Chamber Vice President of Governmental Affairs Kara Corches at kcorches@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511.

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