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‘I will fight this thing every step of the way’: Gov. Ivey signs vaccine mandate exemption bills into law

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Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 1:11 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 12:28 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law legislation aimed at limiting companies’ ability to fire workers who say they can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19 for religious or medical reasons.

The House Health Committee approved Senate Bills 9 and 15 which, would create a state form for workers to claim an exemption. An employee submitting the form couldn’t be fired for being unvaccinated unless the business appealed and an administrative law judge at the Alabama Department of Labor ruled the employee was eligible.

In signing the bills into law, Gov. Ivey took a clear stance the federal government’s mandate.

“Last week, when I issued my executive order to fight the overreaching Biden vaccine mandates, I reiterated that as long as I am your governor, the state of Alabama will not force anyone to take the covid-19 vaccine. From the moment the White House rolled out their scare tactic plans to try to force this vaccine on Americans, I called it for what it is: an un-American, outrageous overreach. Alabamians – including those like myself who are pro-vaccine – are adamantly against this weaponization of the federal government, which is why we simply must fight this any way we know how. That is exactly why I have signed Senate Bills 9 and 15 into law. This is another step in the fight, but we are not done yet,” Ivey said.

“From issuing the executive order to joining governors in Georgia, South Carolina and other states in suing the Biden Administration, we are doing everything we can to try to get this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court where, hopefully, this overreach will be stopped dead in its tracks. If the Biden Administration presses on with these mandates, the country’s economy will suffer for it. Alabamians – and all Americans – should not have to choose between putting food on the table and getting this shot. I will continue doing everything I can as your governor to fight this thing every step of the way. Alabama will not stand idly by and allow the Biden Administration to get away with this,” Ivey continued.

The bill drew opposition from a business group who said it would put federal contractors in a no-win situation.