HB 1570 Prohibiting the government from requiring proof of vaccination to access public places

Representative Walsh and 19 other Washington State Legislators have filed a bill in Olympia that would prohibit the government from mandating “vaccine passports” in WA State. Link to the HB 1570

The bill is now in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee. While the deadline has passed for bills to move out of committee for this session (it may have to sit there until next January) — sometimes circumstances allow for procedural deadlines to be set aside. Is this one of those circumstances? We don’t know, but it feels like an emergency to us! Let’s make some noise! Tell your legislators you want this bill heard and passed this session!

This bill bans government vaccine requirements, but it would not ensure that private businesses don’t attempt to use them. Be prepared to boycott any business that makes the attempt!

Link to Comment For for 1570 — Let your voice be heard!

 

State of Washington 67th Legislature 2021 Regular Session

By Representatives Walsh, Volz, Abbarno, Boehnke, Caldier, Dent, Dufault, Graham, Jacobsen, Rude, Ybarra, Schmick, Orcutt, Klippert, Chase, Eslick, Klicker, McEntire, McCaslin, and Chambers

Read first time 04/05/21. Referred to Committee on Health Care & Wellness.

AN ACT Relating to prohibiting the government from requiring proof of vaccination to access public places; adding a new section to chapter 70.01 RCW; and declaring an emergency.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 70.01 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A governmental entity may not require a person to present proof that the person has received a vaccine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or any variant thereof in order to be permitted to access a public place.

(2) As used in this section:

(a) “Governmental entity” means any unit of state or local government including, but not limited to, the governor, state agencies, counties, cities, towns, and special districts.

(b) “Public place” means any site accessible to the general public for business, entertainment, or another lawful purpose. A “public place” includes, but is not limited to, the front, immediate area, or parking lot of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern, shopping center, or other place of business; any public building, its grounds, or surrounding area; or any public parking lot, street, right-of-way, sidewalk, public park, or other public grounds.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.

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