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posted by mrpg on Friday May 28, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.

Ohio lawmakers want to abolish vaccine requirements:

[...] Lawmakers are working on legislation to call off the lottery immediately. They're also trying to head off any plans for "vaccine passports." And last month, they introduced a sweeping antivaccination bill that would essentially demolish public health and vaccination requirements in the state—and not just requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, requirements for any vaccine.

[...] State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) blasted the bill, telling The Columbus Dispatch, "Not only would it prevent schools, businesses and communities from putting safety measures in pace related to COVID, it will impact the health of our children... This bill applies to all vaccines—polio, measles, meningitis, etc. If it becomes law we will see worsening measles outbreaks, meningitis in the dorms, and children once again suffering from polio."

[...] "At its core, this proposal would destroy our current public health framework that prevents outbreaks of potentially lethal diseases, threatens the stability of our economy as it recovers from a devastating pandemic and jeopardizes the way we live, learn, work and celebrate life," the letter said.

[...] "HB 248 would put all Ohioans at risk while increasing the cost of health care for families, individuals and businesses," spokesperson Dan Williamson said. "This proposal applies to all immunizations, including childhood vaccines. If passed, this legislation could reverse decades of immunity from life-threatening, but vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis."

Also: Ohio GOP lawmakers, citing 'need to protect' from vaccines, seek to expand exemptions, nix COVID passports


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  • (Score: 2) by driverless on Friday May 28, @01:09PM (4 children)

    by driverless (4770) on Friday May 28, @01:09PM (#1139614)

    So I'm not in the US and don't know much about Ohio, but this news report has me asking, Ohio would be pretty rabidly Republican then?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by epitaxial on Friday May 28, @01:34PM (3 children)

    by epitaxial (3165) on Friday May 28, @01:34PM (#1139619)

    What happens is the major cities are pretty heavy on the democrats and the rest of the state is rural and republican. Due to republican gerrymandering they carve up pockets of the cities down to the street level to benefit their party.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @09:19PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 28, @09:19PM (#1139845)

      Street level is too nice. In some states they cut single city blocks into multiple precincts if they have too many complexes on them.

    • (Score: 2) by deathlyslow on Saturday May 29, @07:53PM (1 child)

      by deathlyslow (2818) <wmasmith@gmail.com> on Saturday May 29, @07:53PM (#1140092)

      To be fair both parties suck and do the same thing at different times. It just depends on who has more power at the time. Think pendulum. The only winners are the politicians. Peons being helped is only a happy accident.

      • (Score: 2) by DeVilla on Thursday June 03, @11:01PM

        by DeVilla (5354) on Thursday June 03, @11:01PM (#1141615)

        To follow up this, MN leans fairly Democrat and we have Gerrymanders here too.

        But then again, our Democrat governor removed all the covid / mask / vaccination requirements a wile back. He just put out a set of unenforced recommendations. I'm not complaining. People are pretty reasonable and we don't need covid passports or a nanny state.

        But I do suspect that if we had been a red state I would have read about it in the national news.