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Hearings resume on Ohio House anti-vaccine mandate bill

Fifty-five percent of eligible El Paso County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Ohio House Bill 435 would put limits on employers' ability to mandate the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment.(KKTV)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 4:39 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hearings have resumed on House Republican legislation that would limit employers’ ability to require that workers receive the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment.

Rep. Dick Stein, a Norwalk Republican, is chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

[WHAT’S IN THE BILL: HB 435 guts Ohio’s vaccine mandates]

Stein on Wednesday characterized debate over the bill as balancing the right of individuals to refuse the vaccine against companies’ right to mandate it.

Lawmakers are holding additional hearings on the bill this week after a failed effort last week to fast-track a vote.

All major business and health care organizations oppose the legislation.

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