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May co-authors bill to help end state of emergency, protect Hoosier workers

Lawrence County Zephyr

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 30, 2021) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) announced he is co-authoring legislation to help end the statewide public health emergency and protect Hoosier workers.

State Representative District 65 Chris May

House Bill 1001 would allow Gov. 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. May 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.

"I've heard from so many about being forced to choose between getting vaccinated or losing their job," May said. "We must ensure that individual rights are protected and this bill would help strengthen Indiana law by clarifying exemptions."

May encouraged local workers and business owners to continue reaching out to him with questions and comments at h65@iga.in.gov or by calling 317-232-9981.

Visit iga.in.gov for more information on HB 1001, which will be considered during the 2022 legislative session kicking off in January.

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