COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill last month that bans public and private entities from requiring certain vaccines, but that doesn’t mean it will arrive in the governor’s office anytime soon .
As we continue to break state records for coronavirus cases, the Ohio Senate is considering an internal bill that would help people who do not want to be vaccinated. But Senate Speaker Matt Huffman R-Lima recently said it could be a tall order to pass.
âThere is opposition from people who think it’s not strong enough in our caucus and a lot of people outside who think it’s a bad bill. also opposition from corporate groups who think we shouldn’t be doing this at all, “Huffman said.
House Bill 218 does not allow businesses and schools to force their employees and students to obtain photographs not fully authorized by the FDA. This includes some of the COVID-19 vaccines. It would also ban so-called vaccine passports.
âThis bans private religious institutions, especially schools, and it’s a particular constitutional concern that I have,â Huffman said.
The Senate Committee on the General Government Budget held two hearings on the bill.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Vaccine Coalition, which represents more than 100 healthcare companies and organizations, have said the bill “falls short of what our state needs so that we are working on recovery in the event of a pandemic “.
Additionally, Governor Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, said he was not on board.
âIt is significant that the governor said he would veto it in its current form. It would take 60 votes for whatever came (of the House) to override it and 20 in the Senate. So I think there’s still a lot of work to do, âHuffman said.