Bill expanding religious vaccine exemption for schools advances


A bill requiring pharmacists to fill ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine prescriptions for COVID-19 that critics say weakens vaccine mandates for public schools passed out of a Senate committee on Thursday.

The Senate health committee signed off on a bill that had been sought by Republican state Sen. Mark Steffen of Hutchinson, an advocate of using ivermectin who has said he is being investigated by the state Board of Healing Arts.

Steffen said the bill is not related to the investigation, and a provision making the legislation retroactive . . .


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