Three new bills head to Committee, including one prohibiting 'vaccines or vaccine materials' in food
The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee is set to hear three different proposals on food labeling, unemployment benefits and health group insurance.
Sen. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton) first presented an amendment that would require labeling on foods that contain vaccines or vaccine materials.
“This is sort of a newer issue that's starting to come to pass,” she said. “I can tell you that right now in California, they've been given grants to start introducing vaccine products into foods for human consumption.”
Nichols did not elaborate on what she meant by “vaccines or vaccines materials” nor did she cite the grants in question. Sen. Jim Guthrie asked what this might mean for the livestock industry and said he expected further questions from the agricultural community.
Scientists are studying how to put vaccines into some edible plants as an alternative to injections, but the idea is still in the research phase and vaccines are currently not distributed through food. A video using a fake tweet circulated online this week claiming Bill Gates supported delivering vaccines this way. Viewed hundreds of thousands of times, it has since been debunked.
Another proposal was brought up by Jani Revier, head of the Department of Labor. That bill would allow military spouses being transferred or victims of domestic violence to qualify for unemployment insurance.
“Idaho is in the minority of states that don't recognize these two exemptions,” said Revier. “We're proposing to add these just to be more in line with some of the opportunities that are provided in other states.”
A third bill from Steve Bailey, Deputy Director for the Department of Administration would require appointing an Idaho School District Representative to the Group Insurance Advisory Committee.
All three proposals are headed to Committee hearings next.