Employer Vaccine Mandates
- The third special legislative session concluded with a few things left undone. One of those things is prohibiting employer vaccine mandates.
- This happened despite the fact that more than 20 bills were filed that would have addressed the issue. It was not until Day 22 of the 30-day special session that Abbott added the issue to the agenda.
- He did this in response to Republican activists, lawmakers, and partisan pressure on the issue.
- Two different bills got hearings, but none were considered by the overall House of Representatives or Senate, and the session concluded with the issue left unaddressed.
- Hours after the session ended, the Texas Freedom Coalition and Republican lawmakers from both the House and Senate held a press conference requesting the issue be added to a would-be fourth called special legislative session.
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also called for a fourth special session, but notably, it was to consider other issues and not to prohibit employer vaccine mandates.
- Abbott responded to calls for another special session by saying it was not needed.
- The Texas GOP penned an open letter to Abbott requesting a fourth special session to consider a prohibition on employer vaccine mandates, among other issues.
- Pressure continues to grow as more Texans are being forced to choose between getting vaccinated or giving up their livelihoods.