There’s a new law being proposed in South Carolina that would ban employers from asking employees about their vaccination status or face jail time.
Under the new proposed law, even just asking if someone is vaccinated could be considered a misdemeanor crime. It’s something those who are for it are calling a “don’t ask” bill.
“The government has no place in making you or telling you to take the vaccination, or threatening your livelihood if you don’t,” said Upstate representative William “Bill“ Chumley (R, District 35), one of the co-sponsors of the bill.
House bill H.4848 now heads to committee after being filed just days ago. It states:
“Notwithstanding another provision of law to the contrary, any employee, officer, agent, or other representative of a public, nonprofit, or private entity who inquires about the COVID-19 vaccination status of any student, employee, member, or anyone else seeking admission on the entity’s premises is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than fourteen thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both,” it reads.
The legislation is something representative Chumley calls a “freedom and job protection issue.”
“South Carolina didn’t want to get in this fight,” Chumley Todd FOX Carolina. “It was brought to us by the federal government.”
Chumley says he blames a large part of the current labor shortage on vaccine mandates, and says that he and others who proposed this law did so to send a message.
“States have a right to impose certain laws if they want to, and to not impose others we feel are unconstitutional,” he said.
If this new bill passes, it will be a tremendous victory for freedom.