New York Times: Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Bill Aimed at Weakening Federal Vaccine Mandates


Arkansas lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday that would require employers to let their employees opt out of vaccination, an attempt to walk back the White House’s vaccine mandate for millions of Americans.

The bill is in the hands of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who expressed reservations about it at a news conference early Wednesday, hours before state lawmakers passed it.

“I don’t believe in a federal mandate on vaccination,” Mr. Hutchinson said, referencing President Biden’s recent mandate that all companies with more than 100 workers require vaccination or weekly testing. “But I also don’t believe in state mandates as well on employers and defining the employer employee relationship.”

Mr. Hutchinson’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the bill’s passage.

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