Published: April 13, 2022
By: Piper Hutchinson and Allison Kadlubar, LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE — Three anti-vaccine bills ran into trouble with lawmakers Tuesday during lengthy debates.
Rep. Larry Bagley, a Stonewall Republican, had proposed a bill that would make it a misdemeanor crime for government agencies and schools to discriminate against people based on their vaccine status.
The bill, House Bill 54, was aimed at blocking requirements for people to be vaccinated to access the premises. Bagley ended up returning the bill to the calendar, which means it will not be taken up again unless two-thirds of the House votes to reconsider it.
“I had hundreds of calls, as most of you did, too, in the past year… Friends… losing jobs,” Bagley said on the House floor. “I fully believe that you as an individual could have the right to choose.”
But other lawmakers pointed out problems with the bill concerning enforcement, charges and freedom of speech.
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