Greg Abbott is making headlines again
The Texas Governor banned COVID-19 vaccine passport in Texas. He claims that businesses and government entities won’t be allowed to enforce Medical Jim Crow mandates.
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It looks like there’s a huge plot twist in this one…
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
Check out the bill and tell us what you think.
Here’s the section related to the ban of vaccine passports:
Sec.161.0085.COVID-19 VACCINE PASSPORTS PROHIBITED.
(a) In this section, “COVID-19” means the 2019 novel coronavirus disease.
(b) A governmental entity in this state may not issue a vaccine passport, vaccine pass, or other standardized
documentation to certify an individual ’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party for a purpose other than health care or otherwise publish or share any individual ’s COVID-19 immunization record or similar health information for a purpose other than health care.
(c) A business in this state may not require a customer to provide any documentation certifying the customer ’s COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery on entry to, to gain access to, or to receive service from the business. A business that fails to comply with this subsection is not eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract payable with state funds.
Pay attention to Part C.
The government cannot enforce vaccine passports, but businesses are receiving a different treatment.
Greg Abbott is a lying dog faced pony soldier. His vaccine passport ban only affects businesses that contract with the state and businesses that receive grants.
There is no penalty preventing the average Texas business from requiring vaccine passports.https://t.co/VcTC6ynYSH
— Tom Pappert is also infrastructure (@realTomPappert) June 8, 2021
For all the out of state hot takes: This is performative. The law signed by @GregAbbott_TX says companies with state contracts (very few companies) cannot require customers to prove they've been vaccinated. Abbott is just lying when he says vaccine passports are banned #txlege https://t.co/r89lKKpHwq
— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) June 8, 2021
BOMBSHELL: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's vaccine passport ban does virtually nothing to prevent businesses from requiring them. He's "just lying," says one pundit.
Businesses who require vaccine passports will simply not be able to contract with the state.https://t.co/E2iCOkg9ME
— National File (@NationalFile) June 8, 2021
If businesses enforce vaccine passports, they won’t receive grant money or enter a contract with the government. That’s all. Just a handful of businesses fit this category.
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In other words, companies in Texas can still violate our rights and privacy.
Yes, some owners say “they’re a private company and they can do what they want.”
Private companies should never violate health privacy laws or the 4th amendment. Governments should have protected citizens from this type of violations. It’s their job to respect the US Constitution.
Abbott’s bill doesn’t really protect us from COVID-19 passports.
Governor DeSantis has the perfect bill, and Abbott should have followed his example.
Royal Caribbean and other corporations will no longer discriminate people.
Florida will fine any business or school $5,000 each time it requires a “vaccine passport,
Senate OK needed to send Florida vaccine passport ban to DeSantis’ desk https://t.co/ybwaQZRDBj
— Ewa Nartowska (@ewakentmere) May 1, 2021
Cruise lines cave to Republicans and GOP Republican Gov. DeSantis. You do NOT have to be vaccinated to go on a cruise.
Would you go on a cruise now? https://t.co/TBxBpYEMBL
— Thomas Kaine (@thomaskaine5) June 7, 2021
National File has more on this one:
Yesterday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican bracing for a difficult campaign season with strong primary challengers, claimed to sign a bill that would ban private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination – commonly referred to as vaccine passports – from customers. The bill not only fails to live up to Florida’s law in terms of what entities are prohibited from requiring the vaccine passports, but also fails to impose any meaningful penalty to businesses that refuse to comply with the law.
At the beginning of the subsection dealing with the supposed ban of vaccine passports, the law seems to codify Abbott’s previous executive order preventing the Texas government from requiring COVID-19 passports, and then appears to extend the same prohibition to businesses. However, a close reading of the bill reveals that the only penalty for a business requiring vaccine passports is that it will not be eligible for state grants or to contract with the state.
“A business in this state may not require a customer to provide any documentation certifying the customer’s COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery,” the language in the bill begins, only to continue, “A business that fails to comply with this subsection is not eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract payable with state funds.” Texas pundits assert that very few Texas businesses fall into this category, and thus the overwhelming majority of Texas employers will be permitted to require vaccine passports with little to no negative repercussions.
This sharply contrasts to the vaccine passport ban signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, which poses severe financial penalties of $5,000 per infraction against any business, school, or government agency that attempts to require individuals to provide proof of vaccination. Unlike Abbott’s toothless ban, Florida’s legislation already prevented Royal Caribbean International from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports to cruise ship passengers.
Abbott previously claimed to sign an executive order banning vaccine passports. However, as National File reported, Abbott’s executive order was similarly toothless, and only prevented government entities in Texas from issuing or requiring vaccine passports. This was again in sharp contrast to the order signed by DeSantis, which prevented any private or public entity from requiring COVID-19 passports.
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