A bill introduced by Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) aimed to authorize the Bay Area Toll Agency to designate transit-only traffic lanes could be gutted and replaced with a vaccine mandate.
The bill, AB 455, essentially would create a vaccine passport for those who want to go to a hotel, restaurant, movie or gym. This was done by the “gut-and-amend” process where new legislation replaces an old bill.
The proposal, by Assembly members Buffy Wicks, Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) and Evan Low (D-Campbell) hasn’t yet been introduced in the Legislature nor has the bill been updated on the state website. However, leaked documents have been shared with both the Sacramento Bee and the California Globe and many republicans are now sharing the document.
The bill is still in draft form and Wicks told the LA Times Thursday she didn’t know if the bill would even be introduced at the end of session or in January.
Here is what some Republican lawmakers in Sacramento said:
State Senator Melissa Melendez:
“And there it is, the bill that implements vaccine passports in California. You will be forced to be vaccinated. Your children will be forced to be vaccinated. Rest assured I will fight to defeat AB 455.”
Assemblyman James Gallagher:
“Leaders of one-party rule in CA have introduced a last minute bill (AB 455) to mandate a statewide vaccine passport. I am opposed and will be providing information soon on how you can be part of the process and help defeat this legislation. Language was just released, read it below.”
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
“I will fight in every way I can to stop AB 455, the “gut and amend” bill requiring vaccination papers to enter a place of business. This is not who we are as a state or a country. Enough.”