State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) announced Tuesday that he is co-authoring legislation to help end the statewide public health emergency and protect Hoosier workers.
House Bill 1001 would allow Governor Eric Holcomb’s state public health emergency to expire by ensuring Indiana could continue receiving the same federal reimbursements for SNAP and Medicaid, and maintain the state’s ability to hold voluntary community vaccination clinics. Holcomb recently announced that he will keep the state of emergency and the remaining, but limited, executive order in place until lawmakers take action in January.
Jordan said the legislation filed Monday at the Statehouse would also require businesses to accept medical and religious exemptions, if they require the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.
“A pandemic doesn’t change or postpone our inalienable rights as Hoosiers and Americans,” Jordan said. “Ensuring we’re protecting the individual rights of Indiana’s citizens continues to be a top priority of mine, and I want to hear from those in our area as we move forward with this legislation.”