Indiana GOP push against vaccine mandate faces hurdles

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some conservative Indiana lawmakers wanting to stymie President Joe Biden’s planned COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers are facing skepticism from their own Republican leaders and the state’s largest business group.

While Biden has promised federal vaccination-or-testing regulations for all companies with 100 or more workers, bills are planned by some Indiana legislators who want to join other Republican-led states in trying to prohibit private companies from requiring vaccine shots.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has opposed Biden’s proposed federal mandate as a step too far. But Holcomb says he respects companies making their own decisions about vaccine requirements.

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