Lawmakers call for session to oppose employers’ vaccination mandate – RIVER COUNTRY
Lincoln, NE– On Tuesday, October 19, Senators Ben Hansen and Robert Clements delivered a co-signed letter from 26 senators from the state of Nebraska to the Secretary of State’s office requesting a special session.
There is growing concern that employers will require their employees to choose between their jobs or getting vaccinated without regard to their personal good faith objections. People have a variety of reasons for not wanting to take COVID-19 vaccines, including natural immunity, medical conditions, and religious or personal conscience rights.
It is a critical time for our state and our country. Nebraska’s economy continues to strengthen after going through one of the most difficult years in history.
The state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country with a forecast for sustained growth. At the same time, it is evident that our country is facing labor shortages in several sectors. Any action that would force Nebraskans out of the workforce risks undoing the progress we have made in restoring our economy.
Time is running out to help Nebraska families and promote economic growth. A special session would work to prevent Nebraska employees from losing their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Senators Ben Hansen and Robert Clements want to be clear about their intention to call a special session. It’s not about affecting mask mandates, questioning vaccine science, preventing schools from forcing current vaccinations to attend K-12 schools, saying whether vaccines in general are good or bad, to support the effectiveness of various treatments or to consider any other non-relevant topics.
This is only to discuss and pass legislation prohibiting employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccines and legislation prohibiting government and / or educational entities from requiring COVID-19 vaccines as a condition for receiving services.
Senator Ben Hansen said in a public statement: “The people have spoken overwhelmingly. We must do what we can to protect the livelihoods of Nebraskans who risk losing their jobs if they choose not to be vaccinated against COVID. “
Senator Clements said: “Like many Nebraskans, a family member is at risk of losing their job due to the vaccination mandate. It puts a mortgage on a house at risk and could leave a family of six homeless. Employees should not be forced to choose between their livelihood and getting a Covid-19 vaccine without exception. “
Once state lawmakers table the documents, the secretary of state’s office will then review all senators to approve a special session. At least 33 of the 49 senators are needed to trigger the special session.
The letter delivered to Secretary of State Bob Evnen’s office reads:
“In accordance with Article 9, Article 2 of the Standing Orders of the Legislature and in accordance with the procedure established in Stat Rev. § 50-125, and on behalf of the undersigned senators, I submit to you our request that the legislature meet in extraordinary session for the purpose of passing legislation banning employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccines and government banning legislation and / or educational entities to require COVID-19 vaccines as a condition for receiving services. “
At the time of publication, the letter was signed by the following Senators:
- Senator Joni Albrecht from District 17,
- Senator John Arch of District 14,
- Senator Bruce Bostelman of District 23,
- Senator Tom Brandt of District 32,
- Senator Tom Brewer of District 43,
- Senator Tom Briese of District 41,
- Senator Robert Clements of District 2,
- Senator Myron Dorn of District 30,
- Senator Steve Erdman of District 47,
- Senator Mike Flood of District 19,
- Senator Curt Friesen of District 34,
- Senator Suzanne Geist from District 25,
- Senator Tim Gragert of District 40,
- Senator Mike Groene of District 42,
- Senator Steve Halloran of District 33,
- Senator Ben Hansen of District 16,
- District 21 speaker Mike Hilgers,
- Senator Dan Hughes of District 44,
- Senator Brett Lindstrom of District 18,
- Senator Lou Ann Linehan from District 39,
- Senator John S. Lowe, Sr. of District 37,
- Senator Mike McDonnell of District 5,
- Senator Mike Moser of District 22,
- Senator Dave Murman of District 38,
- Senator Rita Sanders of District 45,
- and Senator Julie Slama from District 1.