21.640.12 96th Legislative Session 663

2021 South Dakota Legislature

House Bill 1159

Introduced by: Representative Phil Jensen

An Act to prohibit interference with the right to bodily integrity in contagious disease control.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That a NEW SECTION be added:

34-22-39.1. Right to bodily integrity--Discrimination or retaliation prohibited.

Nothing in this chapter may be construed to interfere with each person's inalienable right to bodily integrity. The right to bodily integrity includes being free from any threat or compulsion to accept any medical intervention, including any vaccination.

No person may, as a result of refusing to accept a medical intervention, including any vaccination, be subjected to discrimination or retaliation with respect to association, education, employment, housing, property rights, public accommodations, or public services.

Nothing in this section precludes an employer from taking steps to screen any person entering the workplace, in order to determine whether the person has an infectious, contagious, or possibly contagious disease, if the screening is job-related and consistent with business necessity.

Catchlines are not law. (§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores indicate new language.

Overstrikes indicate deleted language.