There are several bills that have been introduced in Lansing that would take measures to ban vaccine passports.

Michigan Campaign for Liberty has analyzed these bills and prepared a brief analysis with pros and cons about the legislation.

House Bill 4667 (HB4667) would prohibit the government from producing, issuing, or providing any incentive that would allow for COVID-19 vaccination passports

This bill will prohibit the government from barring constituents from public buildings based on their vaccination status. 

However, the fines in the punishment provision of the legislation would ultimately be paid for by taxpayers. Also, a $1000 fine may not convince governmental bodies to follow this law.   There is no progressive fine structure. It also doesn’t solve the discrimination that would occur in the private market. 

GRADE: C+

House Bill 4789 (HB4789) would prevent the government from requiring proof of vaccination status.

It restricts the government from requiring constituents to show vaccination status to enter government owned buildings.

This bill has a progressive fee structure for violators.  The first violation is $1000.  The second violation is $10,000.  The third violation is $100,000. The fourth and subsequent violations are $1,000,000.

Unfortunately, these fines would ultimately be paid for by the taxpayers. If only this legislation is passed, it would not provide the immunity that many are hoping for with regards to employment, businesses and education. However, when presented as part of a broader bill package, the legislation makes more sense.

GRADE: B+

House Bill 4790 (HB4790) would prohibit local government entities (school districts, cities, villages, authorities created by the state, counties, charter counties etc) from requiring proof of vaccination status.

This bill would protect Michiganders from discrimination on the local government level. It has a progressive fee structure for violators.  The first violation is $1000.  The second violation is $10,000.  The third violation is $100,000. The fourth and subsequent violations are $1,000,000. 

Similar to HB4789, HB4790 would create fines that would ultimately be footed by taxpayers. If only this legislation is passed, it would not provide the immunity that many are hoping for with regards to employment, businesses and education. However, when presented as part of a broader bill package, the legislation makes more sense.

GRADE: B+

House Bill 4791 (HB4791) would prohibit employer discrimination based on the receipt of any vaccine.  With this bill, businesses won’t be able to consider vaccination status in their hiring or employment practices.  Businesses will also not be able to discriminate against current employees based on their vaccination status.  This includes prohibiting employers from offering incentives to employees to get vaccinated.  

This is a very powerful employment bill.  This will give Michiganders bodily autonomy with regards to vaccines in the workplace. The language used in this bill protects Michiganders from all vaccination requirements, not just COVID-19 vaccinations. This bill protects Michiganders both throughout the hiring process as well as during regular employment. This bill also includes a progressive fee structure for violators. 

This legislation is excellent and is even better when it is presented in the context of the rest of the bills that have been introduced to defeat vaccine mandates.

GRADE: A

House Bill 4792 (HB4792) would prohibit places of business from discriminating against the public based on their vaccination status. 

The legislation would protect Michiganders from discrimination by any place of business that is considered a place of public accommodation.  This includes businesses, educational facilities, entertainment facilities, recreation facilities, health facilities and transportation facilities among others.

This bill ensures Michiganders will not be refused service or refused access to a place of public accommodation based on their vaccination status.  It also includes a progressive fee structure for violators that would go up to $1,000,000. 

HB4792 creates robust protections that will ensure individuals’ health freedom are protected throughout society. This legislation would essentially make vaccine passports untenable in the state.

GRADE: A

To support HB4667, activists need to call the Senate Health Policy And Human Services Committee. The legislation already passed in the House by a 62-47 vote. Information about the membership of the committee can be found here. Please call and email members of the committee telling them in your own words why this legislation must be approved.

To support HB4789, HB4790, HB4791 and HB4792, activists need to call the House Oversight Committee. Information about the membership of the committee can be found here. Please call and email members of the committee telling them in your own words why this legislation must be approved.

Thanks to Michael Biehl for assisting with the legislative research.