© 2024 Wyoming Public Media
800-729-5897 | 307-766-4240
Wyoming Public Media is a service of the University of Wyoming
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Transmission & Streaming Disruptions
Stories, Stats, Impacts: Wyoming Public Media is here to keep you current on the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Wyoming House attempts to balance personal rights and business concerns over COVID-19 vaccine mandates

 Cheyenne Rep. Landon Brown makes a point during house debate.
Bob Beck
Wyoming Public Media
Cheyenne Rep. Landon Brown makes a point during house debate.

The Wyoming House of Representatives continues working on a bill that is intended to protect workers from employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Once again, the House spent a great deal of time trying to protect businesses that have to contend with federal mandates requiring vaccinations and Wyoming laws protecting workers. They tried to make it clear that Wyoming laws would be in play if a judge stays a federal rule.

Cheyenne Rep. Landon Brown expressed frustration with the fact that a federal rule has not been issued, yet the legislature is still trying to pass legislation.

"Take a step back for about ten seconds and think about how deep in the weeds we have gotten with this legislation," said Brown. "Trying to figure out how in the world we're trying to protect personal liberties. And we're trying to balance that with business liberties."

The House did amend the bill to remove civil penalties against businesses and noted that businesses were only in violation of Wyoming law if they knowingly violated it. The bill will be debated for a final time on Friday.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Related Content