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Vax Mandate Vote TODAY, 2 Years Too Late
The House will vote on it today.
Two years after Texans were forced to take a dangerous and experimental vaccine as a condition of employment, the Texas Legislature is finally taking steps to put a stop to the coercive practice, with a vote happening today as first reported by The Texan.
This is the first time Texas lawmakers have banned Covid-19 vaccine mandates since the last time they banned Covid-19 vaccine mandates. This is also the first time lawmakers have met for a third special session to ban vaccine mandates since the last third special session to ban vaccine mandates.
3 years ago, Governor Greg Abbott and others falsely claimed Abbott ended all vaccine mandates with an executive order. Employers largely ignored Abbott’s order, and many job postings continued to list the mysterious shot that creates calamari in your veins as a condition of employment.
But now, it’s totally happening. Like, for real. I guess?
The Texas Senate this month approved a measure that would prohibit private businesses from adopting Covid-19 vaccine mandates or penalizing employees for forgoing the jab.
The ban would fine employers up to $10,000 per violation for enforcing a mandate or terminating an employee, contractor, or applicant who refuses the vaccine. The fine could be waived if the employer hired the applicant or reinstated the terminated employee, according to the bill.
The bill was authored by Republican Sen. Mayes Middleton. “It’s about protecting individual liberties and medical freedom for all Texans,” Middleton said during a committee hearing on the bill. “No one should be forced to make that awful decision between making a living for their family and their health or their individual vaccine preference.”
The bill is similar to Abbott’s Executive Order in that it “allows” you (lawmaker’s words) to file a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) against an employer enforcing a vaccine mandate. The complaints then apparently go in to a black hole. The head of the TWC could not explain what happened to people’s complaints under Abbott’s EO.
It’s worth noting that if you try and claim a religious exemption, you are then required to “prove” your religion in some arbitrary manner. That always struck me as weird.
Republican State Representative Jeff Leach presented the bill before the State Affairs Committee last week, with a vote scheduled for today. The bill only applies to the Covid-19 vaccine.
During the committee meeting, it was brought up that everyone who might potentially take the vaccine has already taken it, and abstainers were likely to never take it, so it is unclear why they are trying to pass this now. Democrat Chris Turner said this is on the special session agenda because Brian Harrison won’t stop posting about it to X.
Leach, who said he trusted the science and got injected with the mysterious cocktail, was asked by Democrat Richard Raymond why the ban is limited to only Covid-19 vaccines, saying it should be broader.
They do this because if lawmakers actually solved the problem, there would be no need to frantically vote for Republicans every year.
A classic scam by the Texas legislature is to drag issues out over numerous election cycles, giving voters what they want, piece by piece, to squeeze as much personal benefit as they can from an issue. For example, constitutional carry was stretched out over a decade by loosening restrictions, little by little, with each step serving as a key talking point for incumbents in reelection campaigns.
If this bill becomes law, Texans will still be susceptible to the next pandemic psy-op and its accompanying vaccine mandates.