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Bill allowing employees to claim medical or religious exemptions to vaccine mandate moves to House

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The Alabama Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow employees to fill out a form to apply for a medical or religious exemption to President Biden’s vaccine mandate.

The mandate, which requires government employees and employees of companies with 100 or more working there, already has these exemptions in place. Sen. Chris Elliott of Fairhope, who wrote the bill, claims that these exemptions are being denied and admitted that the purpose of the bill was to define a proper religious exemption as broadly as possible.

The bill states that an employer must file a claim with the state Department of Labor and receive a ruling if they wish to terminate an employee that had correctly submitted an exemption form.

Lacey Alexander is a digital intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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