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Vaccination status bill makes its way to house committee from Arkansas Senate

Senate Bill 731 would make COVID-19 vaccination status private information, eliminating employers requiring vaccines.

ARKANSAS, USA — Another bill about the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace made its way from the Senate to a House committee. 

Senate Bill 731 would make your COVID-19 vaccination status private information. 

Arkansas lawmakers have advanced legislation prohibiting businesses from requiring employees to disclose whether they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

If you were to apply for a job, the employer could not discriminate against you for not sharing your vaccination status.

The Arkansas Senate and a House panel approved the measure on Thursday, Oct. 7, despite opposition from the state's hospital association, business groups and hospitality industry. 

The measure now heads to the full House for a vote. The bill is among several bills limiting or prohibiting businesses' vaccine requirements that have dominated a session that was intended to focus on congressional redistricting.  

The bill if enacted wouldn't take effect until early next year.

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