URGENT KENTUCKY: Committee Chair has Stalled Ban on Immunity Passport with Eight Days Left

Our Stand: At-A-Glance

  • HB28 is sitting in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee where Chairman Ralph Alvarado, MD has declined to give the bill a hearing thus far. There are only a few days remaining for the Senate to pass bills and still be able to overturn any vetoes from the governor. 
  • If you are not familiar with HB28, this bill was introduced on January 4, 2022 and was sponsored by Representative Maddox. It has recently passed the House State Government Committee with a substitute. And is waiting to be heard in the Senate
  • In order for the bill to move through the house as it did, Rep Maddox had to make a number of compromises that resulted in several components of the original bill being removed. The resulting bill language, which you can read here, does the following:
    • Bans government mandates/vaccine passports,
    • Prohibits public universities from requiring the disclosure of immunization status with regard to a COVID-19 shot,
    • Requires K-12 schools to allow parents to opt-out of a mandatory COVID-19 shot on the basis of conscientious objection, and
    • Disallows public entities from requiring the disclosure of immunization status with regard to a COVID-19 shot.
  • Please E-mail Senate Majority leadership and urge them to take action on HB28. Either move the bill to another committee or instruct Chairman Alvarado to hear the bill.  Kentucky is seeking protections from these unconstitutional passports and HB28 helps get them there.
  • Along with emailing, please call the legislative line at 800-372-7181 and leave a message for your senator asking them to vote YES on this bill. *please note, the legislative line is only open during business hours.
  • Both steps are important. When you’re finished, please share this call to action with at least 5 of your friends as we need mass action right now.

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