California’s Democrat Assemblymembers suddenly pull bill requiring employee COVID vaccines

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A law that would require every working person in California to get the COVID-19 vaccine, AB 1993, was suddenly pulled from committee after intense backlash from the public.

AB 1993 was authored by a group of Democrats, including Buffy Wicks, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Evan Low, and San Diego’s Dr. Akilah Weber.

Assemblywoman Wicks introduced the legislation, which reads;

“This bill would require an employer to require each person who is an employee or independent contractor, and who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, to show proof to the employer, or an authorized agent thereof, that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19. This bill would establish an exception from this vaccination requirement for a person who is ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief, as specified, and would require compliance with various other state and federal laws. The bill would require proof-of-vaccination status to be obtained in a manner that complies with federal and state privacy laws and not be retained by the employer, unless the person authorizes the employer to retain proof.”

The State Assembly was set to vote on AB 1993 on Wednesday, March 30th. But as we now know, that did not happen.

The day prior to the scheduled vote, March 29, KUSI News reached out to San Diego’s Democrat Assemblywoman Dr. Akilah Weber, requesting a few minutes for an interview about the legislation she co-authored.

Dr. Weber’s office quickly declined our request, telling KUSI she was “unavailable.” KUSI then sent out a tweet (below) alerting the public that Dr. Weber did not want to speak on her legislation, that would force private employers to mandate their employees get vaccinated.

Dr. Weber’s office then told KUSI she was trying to take her name off the legislation.

A few hours later, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks announced the group of Democrats would no longer be bringing AB 1993 up to a vote.

KUSI’s Dan Plante reported live on Good Evening San Diego about all the details that led to the proposed legislation being pulled.


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