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Gov. Reynolds signs bill banning vaccine passports in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that will prevent the use of "vaccine passports" as proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a ban she has pushed for since April.

House File 889 passed through the Iowa Legislature on May 5 and Reynolds tweeted the next day that she intended to sign it.

The new law bans government entities, private businesses, and venues open to the public from requiring Iowans to present "vaccine passports" as proof they've received the COVID-19 vaccine. The law also bars any government entity or business that requires such proof from receiving any grants and contracts funded by state revenue. It makes exceptions for health and long-term care facilities and would not affect requirements that employers may place on their employees.

The bill moved quickly through the legislature, passing through a subcommittee, committee, and then the House in just a matter of days.

In April, Gov. Reynolds said she strongly opposed any mandatory vaccination disclosure system and would take steps to restrict their use either through legislation or executive order. The Governor said vaccine passports pose constitutional, civil rights, and privacy issues and potentially set up a "two-tiered society."

The law prohibits state and local governmental entities from producing identification cards that include information regarding whether the cardholder has received the COVID-19 vaccine.