America may be unthawing from the catastrophic events of the past year-and-a-half, but Democrats aren’t making it any easier. Thankfully there is strong Republican opposition to COVID tyranny handed down by the President and many Democrat governors who insist on keeping Americans cooped up despite plummeting cases, increasing vaccine rates, and shrinking death counts.
Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott is the latest to stand up to liberal COVID tyranny. He followed Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis when signing a bill preventing Texas businesses from mandating vaccine passports.
Abbott bolstered his previous ban on the passports, which he implemented for federal buildings earlier last month. The legislation Gov. Abbott signed this week now targets the private sector, preventing any business from discriminating against those who refuse vaccination, or who wish to keep their medical records private.
Texas Senate Bill 968 does just that.
“Texas is open 100%, and we want to make sure that you have the freedom to go where you want without limits,” he said at the signing ceremony.
Texas is open 100%.
Texans should have the freedom to go where they want without any limits, restrictions, or requirements.
Today, I signed a law that prohibits any TX business or gov’t entity from requiring vaccine passports or any vaccine information. pic.twitter.com/JQXOe4cHgY
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 7, 2021
Consequences for violating Senate Bill 968 are severe. Businesses in violation of Abbott’s vaccine passport ban would be in jeopardy of losing state contracts and/or any licenses or permits issued by the state of Texas.
Senate Bill 968 takes effect immediately, so Texans statewide can enjoy freedom from the COVID tyranny Americans face in other states. The bill does, however, permit business to screen for COVID-19 in accordance with state and federal law to prevent a further spread of the virus.
Governor Abbott has been arguably the most aggressive Republican governor to reopen his state, along with the aforementioned Gov. Ron DeSantis. In March, long before any Democrat broached the subject, Abbott declared Texas “100% open” as he removed that statewide mask mandate.
The Texas Republican immediately received immense backlash from the federal government, namely the embattled Dr. Fauci, who warned against removing the mask mandate. However, the governor was proven right and cases in Texas have yet to spike since March, following a similar downtrend shared by even the most “masked” states.
Those on the Right have often spoken out against vaccine passports, saying they infringe on personal liberties. So far, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Texas have banned their use. The Biden administration seemed to signal opposition against them as well, instead relying on private corporations to push them instead.
States with Far-Left leaders have sanctioned vaccine passports. New York, Hawaii, and Illinois have all approved their use.
Author: Asa McCue
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