Salt Lake City, Utah — According to House Speaker Brad Wilson, legislation seeking to block the Biden administration’s plans to mandate that businesses require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing may be coming soon.
“I would say likely, but not for sure,” he said.
The White House has proposed utilizing occupational safety rules to require businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or require regular testing. The House Speaker was also supportive of a threatened lawsuit by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes over the mandate.
“I don’t want anyone to misconstrue our concern about this that we’re not supportive of vaccines. Very supportive of vaccines,” he said. “What we’re not supportive of is the government mandating that people get vaccines and doing it in a sneaky way.”
Speaker Wilson says he supports a private business or organization’s right to mandate the vaccine on their own — which some companies have done.
“If a private organization or employer wants to require their employees to get vaccinated, that’s a decision up to them,” Speaker Wilson said.
More than a hundred people tried to push lawmakers to ban any business from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine, at a recent meeting of the Utah State Legislature’s Health & Human Services Interim Committee. Speaker Wilson signaled that effort might not get very far.
“There are lawmakers that think we should prohibit employers from being able to require vaccines,” he said. “I am not one of them.”
The Cox administration has said it would not mandate state government employees get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Legislative leaders on Capitol Hill are ensuring more resources are available for monoclonal antibody treatments for people who do contract COVID-19. Speaker Wilson said he spoke to the Utah Department of Health to ensure it was available.
Senate President J. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, also lent his support for it in a post on Twitter.
Local News2 weeks ago
Jordan school district returns to remote learning
Local News5 days ago
One person killed in head-on collision on Bangerter Highway
Crime & Safety1 week ago
Man arrested after assaulting woman in South Salt Lake
Local News1 week ago
Snowboarder collides with moose at Park City resort
Crime & Safety3 days ago
One person is dead after shooting in Salt Lake City
Crime & Safety2 weeks ago
Over 100 TVs worth $250,000 stolen, 2 women arrested
Lifestyle4 days ago
A 16-year-old boy injured in accident at popular Utah County sledding hill
Covid-192 weeks ago
12,990 new COVID-19 cases, and 7 new deaths reported in Utah