Wisconsinites, please act today and ask Governor Evers to sign both AB 299 & AB 316

AB 299 has passed both the State Assembly and the Senate. If enacted, it would prohibit governmental entities and persons/entities doing business in Wisconsin from requiring individuals to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of receiving services, transacting business, accessing facilities, or participating in nonprivate functions. Essentially, this bill is a COVID-19 vaccine passport ban. 

AB 316 has also passed both legislative chambers. If enacted, it would prohibit governmental entities in Wisconsin from discriminating against individuals based on their COVID-19 vaccination status or whether they have proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

ACTION NEEDED:

1) Contact Governor Evers’ Office and ask him to sign AB 299 and AB 316! Please see talking points below to use when contacting him.

Email: Click here to submit a comment to Governor Evers online.

Phone: Call his Madison office at 606-266-1212 and his Milwaukee office at 414-227-4344.

Mail: P.O. Box 7863 Madison, WI 53707

2) Please share this email with family and friends, or you can tell them to go to http://NVICAdvocacy.org and click on the alert for these bills.

3) Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal OFTEN to check for updates.   http://NVICAdvocacy.org. We review bills and make updates daily. Bills can change many times over the legislative process and your timely visits, calls, and emails directed at the correct legislators are critical to this process.

TALKING POINTS (Please personalize to share how this bill affects you and your family):

AB 299:

  • AB 299 prohibits state and local governmental entities, as well as individuals or entities doing business in Wisconsin, from requiring individuals to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of access, receiving services, or participating in business or functions.
  • This bill serves as an effective COVID-19 vaccine passport ban, and would allow Wisconsin citizens to move about freely in society, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • COVID-19 vaccine passport systems come with serious privacy concerns.
  • Allowing COVID-19 vaccine requirements as a condition of service or access causes segregation, and potentially cuts individuals off from resources and services they need – such  groceries or healthcare – simply because they have not received a vaccine that is the subject of such a requirement.
  • This discrimination can even be life threatening. Some individuals have been turned down from life-saving organ transplant surgeries because they were not vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • More and more states and cities are beginning to rollback their COVID-19 restrictions, including proof of vaccine policies. Even the mayor of Washington DC announced she would end the city’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for businesses.
  • Multiple states have prohibited vaccine passports including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma (for students), South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah (government ban only), and Wyoming. Wisconsin should too.

AB 316:

  • AB 316 would prohibit discrimination based on COVID-19 vaccination status by the state and other governmental entities in Wisconsin.
  • Any form of discrimination against individuals unvaccinated against COVID-19 is essentially a form of coercion to try and get them vaccinated by implementing barriers to navigate life.
  • It is unreasonable to penalize perfectly healthy individuals who simply have not received a particular vaccine.
  • This bill would prohibit government-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine discrimination, allowing residents of Wisconsin to freely participate with their state and local governments.
  • It would also ensure that the residents of Wisconsin are allowed to access needed state and local government facilities and services without fear of discrimination based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • State and local governments are taxpayer-funded and exist to serve the public. Since there is no vaccine requirement for paying taxes, there should be no chance of a vaccine requirement for accessing or using government facilities and services, or as a prerequisite for any other type of interaction with the government.
  • Passing this bill would also clarify that there is no state requirement or expectation of private persons and entities in Wisconsin to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or to require proof of vaccination.
  • Even individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can still spread and catch it. COVID-19 vaccine requirements or mandates reduce the focus from health to mere vaccine status.
  • Our American system of government was founded upon protecting the rights of individuals. This protection entails prohibiting the intrusion upon these rights from other individuals and entities, including the government itself.

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team

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