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AUDIO: Follow Oregon’s example – end state-employee vaccine mandate, say Republican leaders

By tracyellis | Published on March 04, 2022

State legislative Republican leaders say the governor should follow Oregon’s lead and end state-employee vaccine mandates.

Tracy Ellis reports.

Republican leaders oppose vaccine mandate for the private sector

By Laudan | Published on November 06, 2021

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox and Senate Republican Leader John Braun released the following statement today:

“We oppose the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for the private sector. This policy will be counterproductive. It will also endanger successful Washington businesses, which have already adjusted to protect public health, and risk more shortages of critical goods and services. Even marginal changes to our state’s workforce could have major consequences for our regional economy.

“Governor Inslee has created an expectation that he will go beyond the Biden Administration’s requirements, including no testing options and smaller businesses being targeted. The governor should choose a path that is least intrusive to employers and least divisive to employees.

“We have learned over the past 18 months that businesses have been successful in implementing policies to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The free market has responded with tools, incentives and successful accommodations. It does not need more government controls.

“The governor’s use of extended emergency powers to enact sweeping orders has caused more resistance and division in our state, as the majority party in the Legislature stands down and avoids responsibility. If the governor wants a vaccine mandate for the private sector, then bring it to the Legislature in January and allow state lawmakers – and their constituents – to have a voice on the issue.”

AUDIO: Vaccine deadline threatens critical services, public safety as people fear losing jobs and livelihoods

By tracyellis | Published on October 18, 2021

Republican legislative leaders say it’s ridiculous and just plain wrong that thousands are losing jobs due to Governor Inslee’s vaccine mandate.

Tracy Ellis reports.

VIDEO: KOMO: Courtroom challenge for COVID vaccine mandate for state workers to be heard this week, feat. Sen. Mike Padden

By tracyellis | Published on August 30, 2021
Sen. Mike Padden

“A Thurston County judge is scheduled later this week to hear arguments about Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state workers as opponents seek to have the order overturned by the courts.”

SRC On Air: Sen. Doug Ericksen on KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show

By tracyellis | Published on August 24, 2021

State Senator Doug Ericksen talks to KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson about Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate. Ericksen has a bill that would ban discrimination based on vaccine status.

VIDEO: KOMO: State Superintendent wants COVID vaccine mandate expanded to teachers, Senator touts legislation to forbid forced vaccinations

By tracyellis | Published on August 13, 2021

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal asked Governor Inslee to require school employees to get vaccinated. State Senator Doug Ericksen has a bill that would ban discrimination based on vaccine status.