Wisconsin state Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill that would allow workers to get unemployment benefits if they are fired or quit jobs for not complying with their employers’ requirement for COVID-19 vaccine injections. The governor vowed to vetoed the legislation.
According to Fox6 News, GOP Rep. Ron Brooks is the legislator who introduced the bill.
In a news release on Thursday, Aug. 12, Brooks cited the current state law saying that people fired from or who quit a job are ineligible to receive unemployment until a certain amount of time passes.
But he claimed that individual liberty is the bedrock of a free republic and must be respected and protected.
“The decision of whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine is a decision to be made by individuals, not government bureaucrats or employers,” Brooks said.
The proposed legislation would apply to people fired for failing to comply with an employer’s vaccine mandate. In addition, workers who quit or were fired for not providing proof of vaccination would be eligible for unemployment benefits.
However, an official from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ office said the Democratic governor would veto such a bill should it reach his desk.
“@GovEvers will veto this bill,” tweeted Britt Cudaback, a communication assistant to the governor.
In Wisconsin, 53.2% of the residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, with 50% have completed a two-dose series as of Aug. 13, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The state reported nearly 7,500 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic so far.