South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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H. 3511

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Long, McGarry, Robinson, Burns, Haddon, Forrest, McCabe, B. Cox and M.M. Smith
Document Path: l:\council\bills\cc\15950vr21.docx
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

Summary: Vaccinations

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  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

12/16/2020

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A 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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