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    Michigan hearing on vaccine mandates brimming with misinformation


    New legislation championed by some Michigan House Republicans and people spreading misinformation would prevent employers from requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and other diseases, to wear masks in the workplace or to disclose their vaccination status. 

    The measure, HB 4471, flies in the face of guidance from state and national health officials: The majority of doctors and scientists agree vaccines and masks save lives. But the bill was bolstered by a series of speakers during a legislative committee meeting Thursday who offered a string of conspiracy theories about vaccines and the pandemic. 

    Their claims, made during a public hearing also streamed online, went largely unchallenged by anyone on the committee. 

    The lead bill sponsor, state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, argued her measure is crucial to protect employees. 

    “Many believe that government is too intrusive, and I would agree with that statement. But that’s not to say that government hasn’t already inserted itself into business operations. Do two wrongs make a right? Absolutely not,” Allor said. 

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