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Title: Illinois Democratic governor signs law allowing workers who refuse vaccine to face potential repercussions
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URL Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/poli ... sions/ar-AAQvd9B?ocid=msedgntp
Published: Nov 9, 2021
Author: Danielle Wallace
Post Date: 2021-11-09 17:53:50 by BTP Holdings
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Comments: 2

Illinois Democratic governor signs law allowing workers who refuse vaccine to face potential repercussions

Danielle Wallace | November 9, 2021

Illinois’ Democratic governor on Monday updated a preexisting state law from the 1970s to allow penalties for workers who don’t abide by COVID-19-related mandates on vaccines, masks and testing.

"Masks, vaccines, and testing requirements are life-saving measures that keep our workplaces and communities safe," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement Monday. "Keeping workplaces safe is a high priority, and I applaud the General Assembly for ensuring that the Health Care Right of Conscience Act is no longer wrongly used against institutions who are putting safety and science first."

Enacted in 1978, the Health Care Right of Conscience Act was originally intended to allow medical professionals to refuse to receive or participate in health care services contrary to their personal beliefs, including religious or moral objections to specific services, such as abortion.

Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul had asked Pritzker to clarify that the legislation does not do anything to restrict workplaces' measures intended to prevent the spread of deadly, communicable diseases like COVID-19. In signing SB 1169 into law, the governor said the "amendment will ensure the long tradition of vaccine requirements by employers can continue with regard to the COVID-19 vaccine."

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker attends a fundraiser on April 12, 2018, in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images© Scott Olson/Getty Images Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker attends a fundraiser on April 12, 2018, in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images The changes come after several lawsuits by workers cited the law’s conscience-based exemption, arguing that their employers could not force them to get a vaccine for COVID-19, Fox 32 of Chicago reported. The amendment does not take effect until June 1, 2022.

Despite Democrats wanting it to take effect immediately, the state constitution required more votes in the floor action than garnered. Some Republicans argue this leaves time for addition lawsuits, but another vote after Jan. 1, 2022, could allow the amendment to take effect sooner.

Democrats, including state House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch and state Rep. Robyn Gabel, have insisted that the law does not take away anyone’s rights to claim exemptions based on sincerely held religious beliefs or other medical reasons, which are protected by federal law. But some experts believe that such exemptions will not be readily available under three federal statutes cited by Pritzker’s office.

Welch and Gabel argued that "a small minority of people" had been skirting COVID-19 requirements by distorting the meaning of the law, thus putting vulnerable members of society and workers in high-risk environments, such as hospitals, veterans' homes and schools, in danger.

Outside of Illinois, lawsuits in New York and Maine are fighting workplace vaccine mandates based on the U.S. Constitution’s Free Exercise of Religion clause. The suits could advance to the Supreme Court.


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Pritzker is a numb nuts.

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#1. To: BTP Holdings (#0)

prevent the spread of deadly, communicable diseases like COVID-19.

Not a bit of truth in him.

DWornock  posted on  2021-11-09   19:35:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: DWornock (#1)

Not a bit of truth in him.

Sweden has found that the lock downs are counterproductive.

Plus those who have been fully vaccinated are now susceptible to the Delta variant of the virus.

Also these blue surgical masks do absolutely NOTHING to stop the virus since the weave of said masks are too large and the small size (.1 to .2 microns) allow it to pass thru like there is nothing there.

One girl where I work wears a bandana-like appurtenance on her face which makes her look worse than if she was not wearing anything at all on her face. ;)

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2021-11-09   19:55:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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