Bill would prohibit vaccine requirement for state facilities

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state agencies and public colleges would be unable to require coronavirus vaccines for entry into their facilities, if House lawmakers agree to a bill that won overwhelming support Tuesday from the Senate.

Senators voted 28-9 for the proposal by Sen. Stewart Cathey, a Republican from Monroe.

The measure would prohibit a person from being denied access to any state-owned, state-financed or state-operated facility based on whether that person has been vaccinated against the COVID-19 illness caused by the coronavirus.

The Senate spent little time debating the bill Tuesday. It heads next to the House for consideration.

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The bill is filed as Senate Bill 198.