Bill Description: H416 protects applicants for or holders of occupational licenses from discrimination by the state based on their vaccination status.
Analyst Note: H416 is one of several pieces of legislation introduced during the November meeting of the 2021 session to address the issue of vaccine mandates in Idaho.
Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?
H416 creates Chapter 97, Title 67, Idaho Code, to prohibit occupational licensing authorities from denying an "applicant a license on the basis of whether the applicant has or has not received a specific vaccination, or a series of vaccinations."
It further prohibits licensing authorities from requiring the "submission of documents containing medical information for the sole purpose of ascertaining an applicant's vaccination history record." (Ideally, this should be broadened to prohibit requiring the submission of documents containing medical information for any reason.)
Finally, the bill prohibits licensing authorities from taking any disciplinary action against a licensee based on "whether the licensee has or has not received a specific vaccination, or a series of vaccinations."