Prohibits requiring a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of enrollment or attendance at a public or nonpublic school, college or licensed daycare

State: LA
Bill Number: HB 182
Position: SUPPORT
Action Required: NONE
Status: Died, Override of Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto failed in House on 7/18/2023

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 7/18/2023 - HB 182 died. The House vote to override the governor's veto was 69 Ayes, 28 Nays, 8 Absent, less than the 2/3 requirement. 

UPDATE: 6/29/2023 - HB 182 successfully passed the legislature but was vetoed by Governor John Bel Edwards on 6/29/2023. HB 182 would have prohibited requiring a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of enrollment or attendance at a public or nonpublic school, college or licensed daycare as well as any mandates in the future addressing new variants of COVID-19. The Governor stated, in his Veto Message,  that the residents of Louisiana do not face vaccine mandates to access government services or attend schools, however, some schools in New Orleans still have requirements for COVID-19 vaccination, and the Louisiana Department of Health can also grant approval to individual requests from schools to require more vaccines than what the state requires. There is also the possibility the Department of Health could mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in the future by way of an administrative rule change. Louisiana residents deserve the protections contained in HB 182

UPDATE: 6/9/2023 - HB 182 was sent to the Governor for signature on 6/9/2023. 

UPDATE: 6/7/2023 - HB 182 was enrolled on 6/7/2023. 

UPDATE: 6/6/2023 - HB 182 passed the House with the Senate amendments on 6/6/2023 by a vote of 76 Yeas, 23 Nays. 

UPDATE: 6/5/2023 - HB 182 passed the Senate on 6/5/2023 by a vote of 25 Yeas, 13 Nays, and ordered returned to the House. The Motion to reconsider was tabled.

UPDATE: 5/31/2023 - HB 182 was amended by the Senate Committee on Education on 6/1/2023. The 6/1/2023 amendments empower administrators, upon recommendation of the office of public health, to exclude from attendance any student or client without sufficient records of immunization until the appropriate disease incubation period has expired, or the person presents evidence of immunization. Some of the provisions of the bill do not apply to persons whose course registration is limited to correspondence, online instruction, or other meetings not held on the campus. The amendments do not change NVIC's position.

UPDATE: 5/31/2023 - HB 182 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Education on Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at 9:00 AM in the John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room. View the hearing agenda HERE

Persons who do not feel comfortable giving testimony in person may submit a prepared statement in accordance with Senate Rule 13.79, in lieu of appearing before the committee. Statements may be emailed to [email protected] and must be received by the committee secretary at least four hours prior to the meeting to be included in the record for this committee meeting.

Persons desiring to participate in the meeting should utilize appropriate protective health measures and observe the recommended and appropriate social distancing.

UPDATE: 5/16/2023 - HB 182 was referred to the Senate Committee on Education on 5/16/2023.

UPDATE: 5/11/2023 - HB 182 passed the third reading in the House on 5/11/2023 by a vote of 64 Yeas, 28 Nays. The bill was then ordered to the Senate.

UPDATE: 5/3/2023 - HB 182 was read by title, ordered engrossed, and passed to 3rd reading in the House on 5/3/2023. It is scheduled for a House floor debate on 5/11/2023. 

UPDATE: 5/2/2023 - HB 182 passed the  House Committee on Education on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 by a vote of 6 Yea, 3 Nay, 1 Abstain

UPDATE: HB 182 is scheduled for a hearing the House Committee on Education on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 9:00 am in Committee Room 1. The agenda is here.

HB 182 was prefiled on 3/24/2023 and referred to the House Committee on Education on 4/10/2023.  This bill is sponsored by Representative Edmonston

This bill prohibits requiring a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of enrollment or attendance at a public or nonpublic school and is applicable to licensed day care centers, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities. - text, status and history for HB 182