TX HB 1687 Would Prohibit Vaccine Passports

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“TX HB 1687 Would Prohibit Vaccine Passports”

by Donna Garner

4.8.21

ACTION STEP:  If you believe that all of us should maintain our medical privacy and have the right to make our own medical decisions, please support TX Rep. Candy Noble’s HB 1687. This bill prohibits employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies from discriminating against people based upon whether they have chosen NOT to get the COVID-19 vaccinations. Please contact Texas Legislators and ask them to vote “YES” on HB 1687.  

This bill has been filed, but no action has been taken at this point to move it along through the legislative process. It is important to put this legislation into law because any executive orders by the Governor regarding vaccine passports can be overturned by the next Governor. Placing this bill into law is a much safer and more secure position now and in the years to come.

For the present, the Biden administration is taking a somewhat “hands off” position on vaccine passports because they are counting on employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies to require the COVID-19 vaccinations. Why should Biden et al. take a chance of being criticized for too much federal overreach when they can count on employers, labor organizations, and employers to get the vaccine passports in place?  Texas needs HB 1687 to counter those efforts to discriminate on the basis of people’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

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TEXAS LEGISLATURE – H. B. 1687: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB1687

Authors, Joint Authors, Co-Authors: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Authors.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB1687

Filed by Rep. Candy Noble on 2.8.21 – Bill Stages:  https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB1687

87R9623 JSC-D

By:  Noble                                                                                                             H.B. No. 1687

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to unlawful employment practices with respect to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

SECTION 1.  Chapter 21, Labor Code, is amended by adding Subchapter H-1 to read as follows:

SUBCHAPTER H-1. DISCRIMINATION BASED ON COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS

Sec. 21.421.  DEFINITION.  In this subchapter, “COVID-19” means the 2019 novel coronavirus disease.

Sec. 21.422.  PROHIBITED DISCRIMINATION BASED ON COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS.  (a) An employer commits an unlawful employment practice if the employer fails or refuses to hire, discharges, or otherwise discriminates against an individual with respect to the compensation or the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because the individual has not received a COVID-19 vaccine.

(b)  A labor organization commits an unlawful employment practice if the labor organization excludes or expels from membership or otherwise discriminates against an individual because the individual has not received a COVID-19 vaccine.

(c)  An employment agency commits an unlawful employment practice if the employment agency classifies or refers for employment, fails or refuses to refer for employment, or otherwise discriminates against an individual because the individual has not received a COVID-19 vaccine.

SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only to an unlawful employment practice that occurs on or after the effective date of this Act.

SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2021.

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