Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) today issued the following statement on House Bill 218 regarding employee exemptions for vaccines:
“One of the most important and personal issues we’ve faced this General Assembly has been the issue of COVID-19 vaccines. The wide spectrum of opinions in the legislature on this matter reflects the range of views in our state as a whole. The legislation approved today by the Ohio House is balanced and responsible. It protects the rights of Ohioans as well as the public health. It’s the result of extensive conversations among lawmakers, policy experts and, most importantly, our constituents.
“While many have agreed on the importance of taking legislative action, there has previously not been consensus on the details of such legislation. Today’s passage is especially timely given that the heavy-handed mandates of the Biden administration have backfired, with the courts putting the OSHA mandate on hold and additional federal litigation challenging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate. I am pleased the House finalized a bill on this issue and look forward to the Senate consideration of this bill.”