Indiana lawmakers debating public health, personal freedom
Added 01-23-21 11:03:01am EST - “As Indiana's Republican-dominated Legislature returned to session, nearly a dozen bills drafted by GOP legislators have sparked debate in the Statehouse over where to draw the line between public health and personal freedom.” - Washingtontimes.com
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - As Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature returned to session, nearly a dozen bills drafted by GOP legislators have sparked debate in the Statehouse over where to draw the line between public health and personal freedom.
In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 9,000 in Indiana, lawmakers face contention over emergency health orders, school and business closures, vaccine requirements and other protocols spurred by COVID-19. In question is whether such precautions are necessary to stem the spread of the virus or infringements on rights.
“There’s a majority of the House and Senate in Indiana that like personal freedom and personal choice,” said Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse, who has authored or co-authored three bills. “I don’t think that government should be in charge of health care, or intervening in health care in our lives, for the most part.”
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One measure up for consideration, introduced by Kruse, would prohibit Indiana employers from requiring workers to get immunizations against COVID-19 or any other disease. Workers could decline vaccinations for medical, religious or reasons of personal “conscience.” They would also be allowed to sue an employer that required immunizations as a condition of employment.
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