Sen. Tomes has introduced SB 114 designed to increase the spread of COVID and to limit the ability of government to respond to the public health crisis. I’m not going to parse the legislation with any care because it clearly was not drafted with any care. Basically it prevents government from taking measures to preserve the public health that hinge on a person’s likelihood of being a vector of disease. The government can’t inquire about whether a person has been vaccinated or has immunity due to having been infected, can’t require face masks based on a person’s likelihood of having immunity, and – among other things – can’t create an incentive for its employees to get vaccinated. It would allow a court to award a $10,000 windfall on top of any actual damages to an individual claiming a violation of this legislation.
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