Legislators work to end Indiana’s public health emergency

Indiana public emergency may finally be coming to an end. The state legislature has a one-day special session scheduled for next Monday, November 29th. The plan for that day’s session is to vote on ending the COVID-19 pandemic emergency order, which is now in its 20th month.

Governor Eric Holcomb says he’ll end Indiana’s 20-month health emergency next week if three provisions of his executive orders are added to state law. He says he’s pleased a proposed bill addresses all three. But the bill packages those provisions with new limits on vaccine requirements.

The bill would ban local schools and state universities from requiring vaccinations. Businesses could still require workers to either get vaccinated or get tested regularly, but they’d have to honor requests for religious or medical exemptions, including for pregnancy or “anticipated pregnancy.”