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Gov. Abbott to Sign Law Banning Vaccine Passports: ‘Texas is Open 100%’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will sign legislation on Monday prohibiting businesses in his state from requiring proof of “vaccine passports or any vaccine information.” “Texas is open 100% without any restrictions or limitations or requirements,” Abbott tweeted Monday. Abbott signed an executive order in April banning government entities from requiring vaccine passports, but The Hill reports the new law would extend to private businesses as well. Only two states — New York and Hawaii — have implemented vaccine passport rules. The Hill reports that New York allows residents to get a digital certificate that shows they have been vaccinated and allows for admission at sports venues like Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. Hawaii’s Safe Travels program allows the vaccinated to travel between islands without adhering to testing or quarantine rules. The Hill reports Texas will be the seventh state to enact a formal law barring use of the passports, joining Alabama, Indiana, Iowa and North Dakota, while Utah and Arkansas have barred governments from requiring proof of vaccination. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming have signed executive orders by their respective Governors limiting a governmental agency’s ability to require vaccine passports, and legislation […]

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Written by Megan Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.