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South Dakota lawmakers call for special session on vaccine mandates

A small group of South Dakota legislators are calling for a special legislative session on vaccine mandates.

They want to bring forward legislation that would make it illegal to deny a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine by any “entity” operating in the state, such as businesses or schools.

Representative Marli Wiese of Madison says we should stand up against mandates that threaten the loss of livelihood for any person and family.

The group of seven lawmakers say codifying Covid-19 vaccine religious and medical exemptions would be in line with South Dakota’s long standing exemption policy for vaccine mandates that the state places on both public and private school enrollees and is consistent with the protections being passed in other states.

They want the session held as soon as possible.

 

October 27, 2021