‘Vaccine Passport’ bill passes ND Legislature

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Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 12:08 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The North Dakota State Legislature passed a bill banning the use of vaccine passports, but in limited situations.

The bill says no government agency nor businesses can require a customer to give their vaccine status, but there are many exemptions to the bill.

Higher education and airports are exempt from the bill, and also doesn’t apply when North Dakota is in in a declared emergency.

House Human Services Chairman Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, said this is because he doesn’t want lawmakers tying their own hands if a future pandemic or biological warfare forces the state require some form of vaccine passport.

The bill doesn’t specifically name one vaccine. Rather it only applies to vaccines which aren’t under emergency use by the FDA.

The emergency for North Dakota ends on Friday.

Nor does it apply to vaccines under emergency use by the FDA, which the COVID vaccines are.

Nevertheless, lawmakers said they’re striking the balance between the rights of business and their customers.

“Neither the state nor any political subdivisions have any plans of doing this nor do I believe any businesses have any plans of requiring this type of records or certifications. I understand there is a lot of concern out there. This should alleviate the concerns,” Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, said.

There are no specific punishments for companies who don’t comply by requiring documentation of someone’s vaccine status, but they may have their licensing and permits threatened.

It passed the House 72 – 14 followed by the Senate passing it 44 - 3.

A spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum’s, R-N.D., said the governor opposes any kind of government-mandate vaccine passport.

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