Arkansas Senate replies to shot mandate; 3 bills would limit effects of job policy



The Arkansas Senate on Monday passed three bills targeting employer-mandated coronavirus vaccinations, as a contentious debate over pandemic-related measures overshadowed congressional redistricting once again on the 114th day of the 2021 regular session.

Senate Bill 739 by Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, would require employers that mandate vaccinations to provide an exemption process for workers, including requiring them to produce a negative antigen test once a week or proof of immunity including the presence of antibodies twice a year.

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Senate Bill 730 by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, would make people who leave their jobs because of their refusal to be vaccinated against covid-19 eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Senate Bill 732 by Sen. Blake Johnson, R-Corning, would prohibit a business, person or any other legal or commercial entity from coercing someone to receive a vaccination or immunization from covid-19 under certain conditions.

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