SC lawmakers pre-file bill looking to ban mandatory vaccinations

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Four state lawmakers in South Carolina have pre-filed a bill that would ban mandatory vaccinations.

House Bill 3511 seeks to change state law to say vaccines “may be provided only to those individuals who agree to vaccination.”

The bill states the reason for this change would be to protect the rights of citizens and “prohibit discrimination.”

It includes a sentence that would block employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated -- which is currently legal.

The bill appears to have some bipartisan support, as one Democratic representative joined three Republicans to file it: Reps. Steven Long, R-Spartanburg, Leola Robinson, D-Greenville, Mike Burns, R-Greenville, and Sandy McGarry, R-Lancaster.

Since its pre-filing on Dec. 16, the bill has been referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

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