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Arkansas House rejects ban on employee vaccine disclosures

The "right of privacy" bill would allow employees to sue under the state’s civil rights law for any violations.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected legislation that would have prevented businesses from requiring employees to say whether they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The majority-Republican House on Friday voted 41-46 against the Senate-backed bill. 

It would have created a “right of privacy” for employees and contractors regarding their vaccination status. The proposal would allow employees to sue under the state’s civil rights law for any violations.

The bill is among several targeting employer vaccine requirements that have dominated a session that was intended to focus on congressional redistricting.

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