Expedited Bill 34-21 would:(1) require the vaccination of County employees against Covid-19;(2) permit medical accommodations to the Covid-19 vaccination requirements;(3) exempt the Covid-19 vaccination requirements from collective bargaining; and(4) generally amend the County personnel and human resources law.
WHY ICM OPPOSES EXPEDITED BILL 34-21
- This bill circumvents the ability to exercise religious rights as supported by Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- If there is no undue hardship in permitting medical accommodations, it is discriminatory not to permit religious accommodations.
- There is no scientific or rational basis to require vaccination for workplace safety when Covid-19 vaccines do not prevent transmission or infection with SARS CoV-2; however there is increasing scientific evidence that prior infection and recovery from Covid-19 confers robust, lasting protection against both infection and disease which is more effective than vaccine protection against disease.
WHO TO CONTACT ABOUT EXPEDITED BILL 34-21
There is a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Expedited Bill 34-21 on 10/19/21 at 1:30 PM. A joint work session between the Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committee and the Health & Human Services Committee will be scheduled for a future date and should also be open to the public.
URGENT: We’re asking all members to call and email lead sponsor Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Will Jawando and the members of the Montgomery County Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committee and the Montgomery County Health & Human Services Committee, and let them know, in your own words, why you oppose Expedited Bill 34-21.
Please copy and paste the following email addresses of the Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee members into the BCC section of your email in opposition of Expedited Bill 34-21:
Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov , Councilmember.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov , Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov , Councilmember.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov , Councilmember.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov , Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
Please call the offices of the Government Operations & Fiscal Policy Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee members in opposition of Expedited Bill 34-21:
Albornoz, Gabe 240-777-7959
Friedson, Andrew 240-777-7828
Glass, Evan 240-777-7966
Katz, Sidney 240-777-7906
Navarro, Nancy 240-777-7968
Rice, Craig 240-777-7955
Please spread the word! Let’s flood the offices of Councilmembers Riemer and Jawando and the HG and HHS committee members with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. They need to hear our voices!