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Sponsors: Reps. Long, McGarry, Robinson, Burns, Haddon, Forrest, McCabe, B. Cox and M.M. Smith
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3217
Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Currently residing in the House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/16/2020 House Prefiled 12/16/2020 House Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs 1/12/2021 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 219) 1/12/2021 House Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (House Journal-page 219) 1/26/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: B.Cox 5/5/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: M.M.Smith
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-29-45 SO AS TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO OPT OUT OF INFECTIOUS OR CONTAGIOUS DISEASE VACCINATIONS AND TO PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WHO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT NOT TO BE VACCINATED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 29, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 44-29-45. (A) Any vaccination offered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control as part of any mass immunization project to protect against infectious disease, or to prevent the spread of a pandemic or a contagious or possibly contagious disease, may be provided only to those individuals who agree to the vaccination, in accordance with Section 44-4-520(B). (B) Any individual who exercises the right not to be vaccinated pursuant to subsection (A) may not be denied any right or privilege of citizenship including, but not limited to, access, service, entrance, use, occupancy, seating reservations, attendance, admission, spectating, viewing, gathering, mourning, speaking, listening, lecturing, learning, sharing, volunteering, athletically competing or playing, performing, entertaining, worshipping, eulogizing, memorializing, parading, shopping, and administering or receiving any health care or any other licensed or professional services, and employers are prohibited from taking any adverse employment action against such an individual including, but not limited to, termination, suspension, involuntary reassignment, or demotion.
(C) For purposes of this section:
(1) 'Infectious disease' has the same meaning as defined in Section 44-4-130.
(2) 'Pandemic' means an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area that affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population including, but not limited to, COVID-19."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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