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Alabama nears approval of ban on so-called vaccine passports

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers inched forward to banning so-called vaccine passports that would prohibit proof of a coronavirus vaccination to enter a business, school or event.

The Alabama House of Representatives on Monday voted 76-16 for the bill.

The Alabama Senate must now decide whether to agree to minor House changes.

Republicans had backed the bill. They say a vaccine passport would be a government intrusion into personal freedom and health choices.

A number of Democrats expressed concern after Republicans stripped language exempting nursing homes and other health offices.

Republican Rep. Paul Lee of Dothan says businesses could still require customers to wear masks.

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