PHOENIX (AP) – Two more bills restricting the response to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Governor Doug Ducey’s desk, including one that bolsters the ability of future state leaders to respond to another air-spreading disease and the other will block the state from it. Sometimes school children need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tuesday’s state Senate votes were the latest move by GOP lawmakers in what they have called government overreach.
The Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill that Ban any state or local government agency from requiring facemasks be worn in their buildings. The measure has already passed the House and received no support in either House from minority Democrats. They have argued that this removes one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of a respiratory disease such as COVID-19.
Senators also approved a bill Preventing state health services department from adding a COVID-19 vaccine list of vaccinations Required to attend public schools, It replaces a measure passed last year that restricts mandates to vaccines given only to federal emergency use authorities. That measure is also going on the governor’s table and has received no support from minority Democrats.
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Democratic Sen. Raquel Terran said committee testimony from former state health director Will Humble set out an extensive and lengthy public process needed to add a new vaccine to the state list, adding that only a bureaucrat would make that decision. Not there.
Teran on Tuesday urged the Senate to reject the vaccine bill, saying “the purpose behind requiring a vaccine is to keep children in school, keep them healthy, and prevent outbreaks.”
Arizona allows parents to easily opt out of vaccine requirements By signing the personal trust waiver form, Terran noted.
An additional bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday prohibits any government agency A minor is required to receive the coronavirus vaccine unless their parents give their consent, That measure garnered support from a Democratic senator and has now gone to the House.
Ducey has already signed off on several laws this year targeting virus restrictions. one would Students are not required to wear masks in bar schools Unless their parents have given their explicit OK and the other does not bar government entities from doing so Require employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, He has not indicated whether he will sign the bills approved by the Senate on Tuesday.
The support for deuce sanctions comes despite the fact that The governor himself either ordered the closure of the businessThe state health department has allowed the requirement of masks in certain settings or Didn’t object when municipalities and county governments issued mask mandates during the first year of the pandemic.
federal Wearing a mask says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention At times of high community transmission of COVID-19 greatly limits its spread.
Ducey has also signed the bills Declaring that religious services are necessary even in an emergency, and allowing clergy to visit the hospital If anyone is allowed to meet or if a person is near death. The Duchy never limited religious services during the initial pandemic shutdown. Many hospitals banned all visits to coronavirus patients.
San Tan Valley Republican Rep. Neil Carter, sponsor of the Bill Blocking Masks in Government Buildings Mandate, said at the start of the session that he wants it to be left up to individuals to decide whether they need masks.
“The goal of this bill is to return the power to the people to decide whether something is necessary in government office, instead allowing unelected bureaucrats to make decisions unilaterally across the state,” Carter said.
Masks were mandatory in place for most of the pandemic before they were loosened in recent months in most government buildings, including courthouses.
The introduction of vaccination against COVID-19 is credited with limiting deaths and serious injuries, but opponents of the mandate say personal preference should outweigh government vaccination mandates.
Ducey recommended wearing masks and vaccinations but opposed government orders.
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