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Indiana House Opposes House Bill 1001

Their main objection is a provision that would require companies to pay for COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has some objections to House Bill 1001

The bill, co-drafted by state Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), would allow Gov. Eric Holcomb’s state public health emergency to expire by ensuring Indiana would continue to receive additional federal funding and would maintain the state’s ability to organize voluntary community vaccination. clinics.

The legislation would also require companies to accept medical and religious exemptions, if they require the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, in addition to requiring companies to pay for COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees.

The Indiana House supports the section of the legislation regarding the emergency ordinance and continued federal funding. However, the organization strongly opposes the remainder of House Bill 1001.

“House Bill 1001 contains several provisions — led by employers footing the bill for COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated workers — that the Indiana House simply cannot support. It also leaves many important questions unanswered, including around the availability of testing. Strongly discourage and prevent employers from having their employees vaccinated to promote health and safety in their workplace – at a time when there is a rise in infections, hospitalizations and deaths with the emergence of the Omicron variant – is simply the wrong policy in our view.

The Chamber added that companies are in the best position to determine what the best vaccination policy is for the safety of their employees, customers and patients.

“Our biggest objection is that HB 1001 establishes what amounts to a new testing tax for businesses because it requires testing of unvaccinated employees to be at the expense of the employer. This is against OSHA regulations and will impose new and substantial costs on employers who have adopted vaccination requirements. This will cause many to abandon their vaccination programs and deter others from starting one. A mid-sized member of the Indiana House estimates that in six months he would incur $1.2 million in testing costs.

The Indiana House looks forward to discussing the details of the bill with committee members in hopes of getting a bill they don’t have to oppose.

House Bill 1001 was introduced today in the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions.

For more information, visit Indiana Chamber – Leading Company | Advancing Indiana.

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