The Montana legislature passed a bill this week that prohibits employers from requiring their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The bill bars employers from denying employment, educational opportunities and other services based on vaccination status or whether someone has a vaccine passport.
The bill now goes to Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) to sign.
“Up to now Montana employers have respected the fundamental, personal, medical and religious freedoms of Montanans,” Republican state senator Tom McGillvray, who presented the bill, said last week, according to the Associated Press.
“However, that’s not the case anymore,” he added. “There are employers … that are requiring and coercing employees to get vaccinations under threat of termination and intimidation.”
Some health care organizations voiced their opposition to the bill. Rich Rasmussen, president and CEO of the Montana Hospital Association, said the bill “unravels more than 50 years of medical science and expert guidance in protecting patients and health care workers from infectious diseases.”
The bill comes a week after the governor’s ban against vaccine passports in Montana. Several other states have also banned vaccine passports, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The conservative-led stats argue that vaccine passports are a violation of privacy. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said, “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) noted after signing his state’s executive order against vaccine passports that, “As I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced.”
In contrast with legislation and executive actions against vaccine requirements by many conservative states, Democrat controlled states have failed to follow. Instead, some have extended mask mandates, such as New York, threatening that life will be slower to return to normal if more people don’t get vaccinated.
As COVID-19 numbers continue to drop nationwide, more people are moving back to normal life. Summer is near, and Americans will return to the highways and airlines for vacation and fun.
The last thing Americans need are more laws and restrictions telling us what to do. The nation has been locked down far too long. Vaccination or not, we’re moving forward.
Democrats cannot require vaccinations, no matter their views in claiming to follow the science. As long as our nations remains free, our right to privacy will stand above the government’s right to force vaccinations.
The Big Sky State has shown that when government leads well, it stands for the rights of its people. Maybe the Big Apple or even the White House could take a few lessons from Montana, allowing Americans to live free and move forward without government getting in their way.