Louisiana's House of Representatives has passed legislation to ban state and local governments from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter public areas and private businesses, or to receive services and goods from them.
The measure now moves to the state's Senate after a vote of 64–31 in the House late on Wednesday.
State Rep. Thomas Pressly, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said the measure doesn't interfere with businesses' own decisions on whether they would require proof of vaccination.
The amendment failed by a vote of 21–71.
Amedée voted against the bill although she was supportive of the overall measure.
Her amendment would have also inserted the words "valid and enforceable" in referring to federal laws, in Section B of the bill.
The section currently reads: "The provisions of this part shall not apply to any COVID-19 vaccination mandate that is required in accordance with federal law or regulation." The amended version would have read: "The provisions of this part shall not apply to any COVID-19 vaccination mandate that is required in accordance with valid and enforceable federal law or regulation."
Amedée said that the federal government delegated enforcement of the vaccine mandates to private businesses, "and the mandates are now being overturned," reported The Center Square.