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HF 2530

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 04/17/2021 02:21pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health; prohibiting the requirement of vaccine passports, vaccine passes,
and vaccine credentials for immunization status; proposing coding for new law in
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [144.066] PROHIBITION ON VACCINE PASSPORTS, VACCINE
PASSES, AND VACCINE CREDENTIALS FOR IMMUNIZATION STATUS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Local unit of government" has the meaning given in section 4A.07, subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Vaccine passport" or "vaccine pass" or "vaccine credential" means proof that an
individual has tested negative for a contagious disease, or received a vaccination against a
contagious disease, or is post-transmission recovery from a contagious disease.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Government-issued vaccine passport, vaccine pass, and vaccine
credential.
new text end

new text begin (a) In order to protect the fundamental rights and privacies of Minnesotans and
because vaccination status is protected health information, no government entity or its
subdivisions, agents, designees, or assigns are permitted to issue or require use of vaccine
passports or vaccine passes or vaccine credentials. The vaccine passport or vaccine pass or
vaccine credential may be electronic, digital such as a cell phone app, or physical such as
a paper card that an individual can access to show the individual's vaccination status.
new text end

new text begin (b) Funds from the state treasury or any national government entity or local political
subdivision or their agents, designees, or assigns shall not be used to fund a database,
infrastructure, or any supporting technology pertaining to vaccine passports or vaccine
passes or vaccine credentials.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Businesses. new text end

new text begin In order to protect the fundamental rights and privacies of
Minnesotans and because vaccination status is protected health information, no entity doing
business in Minnesota including nonprofit organizations shall require patrons, customers,
employees, contractors, or staff to provide a vaccine passport or vaccine pass or vaccine
credential certifying vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon,
or service from the business. This includes but is not limited to travel by air, train, water,
or rental car.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Violation. new text end

new text begin (a) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor. The business shall
be fined a penalty of $10,000 for each violation.
new text end

new text begin (b) An individual may bring an action to assert a claim under this section and may recover
compensatory damages plus costs and disbursements including the costs of investigation
and attorney fees in addition to equitable relief as determined by the court in addition to
seeking any other remedy otherwise available under law.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Action prohibited. new text end

new text begin The governor and every agency of state government and
local units of government, and local political subdivisions and their agents, designees, and
assigns are prohibited from taking any action to study, plan, and implement vaccination
passports or vaccine passes or vaccine credentials.
new text end