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Bills striking at vaccine mandate head to Louisiana governor

Edwards has championed the vaccine and hasn’t taken a position on the legislation.
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2020, file photo, Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and health care personnel at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester, Pa. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12. The company released the preliminary findings Tuesday, May 25, 2021, based on testing on more than 3,700 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Republican Louisiana lawmakers have taken aim at the coronavirus vaccine. They've sent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards two bills to keep state and local government agencies from mandating the immunization to receive certain services. 

Rep. Danny McCormick’s proposal would ban agencies from refusing to give a permit or license to someone based on a business’s decision that it won’t require the coronavirus vaccine for employees or customers. 

Rep. Kathy Edmonston’s proposal would prohibit the Office of Motor Vehicles from requiring someone to be vaccinated to get a driver’s license or putting immunization information on a license. 

Edwards has championed the vaccine and hasn’t taken a position on the legislation.

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