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Senate passes anti-vaccine mandate bill

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Senate passes anti-vaccine mandate bill

The Senate after much debate — and efforts to make the measure stronger — passed a House bill to prohibit private companies and Mississippi governments from requiring COVID-19 vaccination of employees over their “sincerely held religious objections.”

But the Senate added a change to the bill to ensure more debate and scrutiny before it could be sent to the governor and signed into law. This was out of fear that the measure could jeopardize federal funding for state universities.

The Senate passed House Bill 1509 on a 36-15, party line vote with Republicans voting in favor. The bill, authored by Republican Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, passed the House in a mostly party line vote in January.

“The Senate passed a strong, conservative bill which protects employees and children attending school in Mississippi from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” said Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann. “I personally support a broader bill providing a religious exemption for vaccine requirements for schools and will support that provision when it is properly before the Senate.”

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Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, offered an amendment to provide such a broad exemption from any vaccine requirements, not just COVID-19. But a point of order was raised that the original bill applied only to COVID-19 and his amendment was too expansive. Hosemann ruled it was too expansive an amendment. McDaniel took the unusual step of appealing Hosemann’s ruling to the full Senate, which voted 34-16 to uphold Hosemann’s ruling.

“This may not seem like a civil rights issue, but it is a civil rights issue — the right of people to control what goes into their body,” McDaniel said.

A group of supporters of the vaccine mandate ban packed the Senate gallery, and had to be warned twice by Hosemann to stop cheering when lawmakers made anti-vaccine mandate statements.

Sen. Chad McMahan, R-Tupelo, offered an unsuccessful amendment to allow a medical-condition exemption to any vaccine mandate. Although his amendment failed, he was assured that is already in state law.

“We’re here today because the federal government overstepped its authority to tell people they have to take an experimental vaccine,” McMahan said.

Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-, told his colleagues he represents “ground zero” for vaccine mandates, with Ingalls Shipbuilding in his district. The shipyard enacted a vaccine mandate, but later suspended it as 20% of its 11,500 employees faced termination for not being vaccinated.

“Those employees shouldn’t be put in the position at all,” Wiggins said.

But Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, questioned whether the bill could jeopardize community .

“So the rights of the individual trump the rights of society?” Horhn said, drawing a loud cheer from supporters of the bill in the gallery. “Their rights are going to trump the safety of a whole city, whole community or the whole state? By pushing individual rights, we could be putting a lot of people at risk.”

“That’s a risk we’re willing to take for protecting individual rights,” said Sen. Dennis DeBar, R-Leakesville.

But DeBar successfully added a “reverse repealer” amendment to the measure to provide more time to scrutinize the bill and make sure it doesn’t “jeopardize federal funds for IHL.” This means the House and Senate would have to vote on the measure again before it could be signed into law.

The bill is a response to a battle raging since last year between those opposed to various COVID-19 vaccine mandates issued by President Joe Biden. Some of those mandates have been upheld by the federal courts while others have not.

Besides exempting employees of private businesses from the vaccine mandate, it also would prohibit state and local governmental entities from forcing a vaccine mandate on their employees and would prohibit those entities from withholding services from people who have chosen not to be vaccinated.

The bill would also apply to the National Guard. The U.S. Department of Defense has mandated a vaccine mandate for members of the National Guard. That issue is in the federal courts.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Ingalls Shipbuilding holds Keel Authentication Ceremony for Ted Stevens DDG 128

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www.wxxv25.com – Janae Jordan – 2022-03-09 17:43:11

Ingalls Shipbuilding hosted a keel authentication ceremony for the Ted Stevens DDG 128.

To formally mark the start of the construction on the Arleigh-Burke Class guided missile destroyer Ted Stevens, DDG 128, a keel laying ceremony took place with the family of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. DDG 51 Program Manager John Fillmore said, “As much as he devoted his life to public service, over 40 years as a senator, a lot of…

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Mississippi House passes anti-vaccine mandate bill

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House passes anti-vaccine mandate bill

The Mississippi House unexpectedly took up and passed legislation Thursday that would prevent private companies from forcing their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination over “sincerely held religious objections.”

The bill, authored by House Speaker Philip Gunn, is a response to a battle currently raging between those opposed to various COVID-19 vaccine mandates issued by President Joe Biden. Some of those mandates have been upheld by the federal courts while others have not.

The bill passed 74-41 with all Democrats except Rep. Tom Miles of Forest voting no.

Besides exempting employees of private businesses from the vaccine mandate, it also would prohibit state and local governmental entities from forcing a vaccine mandate on their employees and would prohibit those entities from withholding services from people who have chosen not to be vaccinated.

The bill also would apply to the National Guard. The U.S. Department of Defense has mandated a vaccine mandate for members of the National Guard. That issue currently is in the federal courts.

There was lengthy, at times terse, debate on the bill and House Public Health Chairman Sam Mims, R-McComb, had to field many questions.

“I don’t see where this bill defines sincerely held religious beliefs,” said Rep. Shanda Yates, I-Jackson. “… Or who has the burden of proof, employees or employer? So we’re opening up all our employers to lawsuits. Our pro-business, Republican-led supermajority is going after our private businesses.”

“Would this apply to the Mississippi National Guard?” Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton, asked, to which the answer was yes.

Rep. Thomas Reynolds, D-Charleston, said that George Washington in 1777 ordered Continental troops be vaccinated for smallpox that was raging through the country at the time. “There is a precedent for vaccination in our National Guard,” Reynolds said.

Mims said, “We are giving religious liberty to our public and private employees in Mississippi … It will be up to that employer to verify that employee’s sincerity.”

Rep. Percy Watson, D-Hattiesburg, said, “Maybe I missed something. We are still in a pandemic, aren’t we?”

Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville, after the vote said: “So, we’ve said that a business doesn’t have to serve someone if they are LGBTQ, doesn’t have to bake them a cake or anything if they don’t want to. But with this we’re telling them they have to serve or employ someone? I guess they just pick and choose who has liberty or rights.”

Hines was referring to a bill passed in 2016 that allowed entities not to provide services based on religious reasons.

It is not clear what the impact of the legislation will be. Most of the vaccine mandates proposed by the president have included religious exceptions or an opportunity for people who choose not to be vaccinated to undergo regular testing for COVID-19. And few if any governmental entities in the state have imposed vaccine mandates.

It also is unclear how many Mississippi companies, such as Ingalls Shipbuilding on the Gulf Coast, would be impacted by the legislation if the president ultimately prevails in the courts on his mandate that companies and entities that receive federal funds require its employees to be vaccinated.

The bill could place Ingalls, which is dependent on federal contracts, in a precarious situation of having to choose to obey state or federal mandates.

Mims said the legislation would not ease the multiple vaccine mandates currently in state law for students both in secondary schools and in colleges and universities.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro visits Ingalls Shipbuilding for tour

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www.wxxv25.com – Rick Gogreve – 2022-01-26 21:27:56

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro joined Ingalls Shipbuilding today for a shipyard tour.

Along with Del Toro was U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo.

This tour featured three ships, the amphib ship LPD 29 and two destroyer ships DDG 125 and DDG 1002.

Del Toro was also given updates on infrastructure projects as well as an overview of shipbuilding programs on the…

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First Ingalls Shipbuilding Hiring Center opens at the Edgewater Mall

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www.wxxv25.com – Sabria Reid – 2022-01-06 21:27:06

For the first time, an Ingalls Shipbuilding hiring center opened on the Coast.

With over 3,000 positions available for trade workers with no experience, Ingalls Shipbuilding now has a new hiring location that is more convenient for Harrison County residents.

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., their first hiring center opened in Edgewater Mall.

The largest manufacturing employer in the state of , Ingalls…

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Ingalls Shipbuilding suspends vaccination deadline

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2021-11-17 14:36:03

Ingalls employees were sent a letter stating Huntington Ingalls Industries is “suspending the deadline for vaccination, except where specific technical solutions contracts require it.”

Employees at the Pascagoula Shipyard originally faced a December 8th deadline to be fully vaccinated, but that was recently pushed back to…

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Ingalls reports highest number of coronavirus cases to date

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Ingalls Shipbuilding, in , MS., has reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, its highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day.

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Midgett (WMSL 757) Christening | Ingalls Shipbuilding | Pascagoula, Mississippi

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Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Christening | Ingalls Shipbuilding | Pascagoula, Mississippi

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Ingalls Shipbuilding christens the guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

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