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James WhiteJames WhiteBy Chris Edwards
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AUSTIN – State Rep. James

 White (R-Hillister) has filed two COVID-related bills last week, one of which prohibits vaccine mandates.

While filed the two bills, HB 93 and 94, last Tuesday, after the Texas Legislature’s third special session began. The text of the bill refers to the Pelosi Congressional Vaccination Doctrine Act, and would prohibit businesses and governmental entities in the state of Texas from requiring customers and employees from requiring vaccinations or documentation certifying vaccination status.

The text of the bill also states that businesses which require employees to provide proof of vaccination(s) will not be eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract payable with state funding.

The accompanying bill, HB 94, relates to the establishment of a COVID-19 health information clearinghouse through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). 

TDEM would, under the bill, maintain a database of Coronavirus immunization information, including the total number of individuals who are vaccinated against the disease in Texas and for the public to be able to search the database for information.

The database would also include information pertaining to COVID-related deaths in the state, as well as hospitalization statistics. 

The current special session, which began last Monday, Sept. 20, will expire on Oct. 19. 

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