SC GOP removes private COVID-19 vaccine ban in sudden switch

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House spent five hours debating a proposal to prevent private companies in South Carolina from firing employees who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

But then just before a final vote on the bill, House Republican stripped the ban from the bill, leaving it only banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates for state and local government employees, contractors and public school students.

The bill passed on a 67-31 vote and needs only a routine third reading Friday.

Senators have already gone home and appear unlikely to take the matter up before the regular 2022 session begins on Jan. 11.

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