Iowa Legislature expands exemptions from Biden employer vaccine mandate

Iowans could have broader latitude to claim healthcare and spiritual exemptions from employer COVID-19 vaccination mandates — and would qualify for unemployment gains if a organization fires them for not complying — under a invoice state lawmakers approved Thursday. 

The monthly bill, which immediately drew criticism equally from business representatives and from opponents of vaccine mandates, would mark a significant change in the way Iowa ways vaccination necessities by businesses if Gov. Kim Reynolds indicators it into law. 

“I believe that we have located a significant resolution to guard Iowans and Iowa enterprises from the Biden administration’s extreme govt overreach,” Dwelling Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, explained in a statement just after the bill passed the Property 68-27.

The bill, Residence File 902, handed the Senate 45-4 and now awaits Reynolds’ signature.