As the coronavirus recedes in the United States, power-hungry politicians who embraced authoritarianism during the pandemic are seeking to hold onto power through “vaccine passport” requirements.
Such mandates won’t be happening in Texas, however, as Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill on Monday that prohibits any sort of “vaccine passport” requirements for people to live their normal lives, Breitbart reported.
Vaccine passports banned in Texas
That prohibition was included as part of a larger bill passed by the Texas legislature known as SB 986, which Abbott signed and posted about in a video on social media.
“Texas is open 100%,” Abbott said, “and we want to make sure that you have the freedom to go where you want without limits.”
The governor noted that the bill he was about to sign “prohibits vaccine passports in Texas. No business or government entity can require a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place.”
Abbott then thanked the legislature for passing the bill, signed it, and said, “Vaccine passports are now prohibited in the Lone Star State.”
Texas is open 100%.
Texans should have the freedom to go where they want without any limits, restrictions, or requirements.
Today, I signed a law that prohibits any TX business or gov’t entity from requiring vaccine passports or any vaccine information. pic.twitter.com/JQXOe4cHgY
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 7, 2021
Consequences for violations of ban
According to The Texas Tribune, there are real consequences written into the provision for those who violate the vaccine passport prohibition.
Those consequences include barring a business from contracting with the state, as well as the possibility that various state agencies with oversight of a particular violator could pull a business’ license or permit if it is determined to not be in compliance with the new law.
The Tribune noted that this law legislatively supports and expands upon an executive order Abbott issued in April that barred all state agencies, political subdivisions and organizations receiving public funds from imposing any sort of vaccine passport or proof of vaccination requirements in order to receive goods and services.
Other states bans vaccine passports
Texas has now followed in the path forged by Florida and Alabama last month, as the governors of both of those states signed similar bills into law outlawing vaccine passport requirements.
Several other states, including Arizona, Indiana, Idaho, Montana, South Carolina and South Dakota, are also in the process, whether by executive action or legislation, of prohibiting vaccine passport requirements on their respective citizenry, according to Breitbart.