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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
A Tennessee bill that would require employers that have mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies to accept employee exemptions has been recommended for passage by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
HB 1867, sponsored by Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville-District 14), seeks to require an employer with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to grant an exemption to the policy to any person who provides a medical reason supported by a statement from a licensed healthcare practitioner or a religious reason, and makes other related changes.
The bill also specifies that a healthcare practitioner that provides such a statement is acting within the practitioner’s scope of practice, immune from civil liability, and protected from disciplinary action by a health-related board. – Amends TCA Title 14.
HB1867 was recommended for passage by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on February 1, 2022.
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The Senate Companion bill, SB1823, sponsored by Jack Johnson (R-Knoxville-District 14) was passed on second consideration and referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on January 27th. However, the bill has not yet appeared on their calendar for discussion.
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.