Nearly two dozen bills were introduced by state legislators during the recently concluded legislative session that would have severely limited the role that local health departments can play in public health. In a non-pandemic year, an average of two or three are introduced yearly. Laclede County Health Department Administrator, Charla Baker, says after the barrage of attacks, thankfully, only one of those House and Senate Bills made it through the legislature.
Baker says the bill also addresses what some call “vaccination passports”. As we have recently seen, Baker says that sometimes the best interests of public health do not align with the best interests of business.