State Senator Dan Furphy Talks About The Special Session

Will Silverstien: With this special session coming up to, I think that there is the highlight on this being focused on on vaccine mandates. But at the same time, too, I think there’s going to be some conversation about other other legislation that can be going through the session as well.

Dan Furphy:  Yes, the problem is, we’ve got a three day session. And it takes a lot of time to get a bill through both houses. So we’re going to have to have a limited number of bills that we can get done. And so I think the focus is going to be on the mandates. And that’s a big issue for me. I’m very much against the federal mandate. But I want to be very careful, personally, about creating a state mandate on businesses also. So, yes, as I said, I’m against the federal mandate requiring employees… Well, with firms, over 100 employees happen to be vaccinated. But I’m also concerned that the state would create regulations saying, you’ve got to hire unvaccinated employees. And there are certain businesses that need to have employees that are vaccinated for safety issues, etc. So I’m also concerned about a state mandate. So it will be interesting discussion over in Cheyenne the next three days.

Will Silverstien:  Yeah, I think he makes some very interesting points, because speaking with small business owners, and then also other members of your legislation, it’s been interesting to hear that, there’s not a lot of people that are necessarily in support of those federal mandates. But at the same time, too, I think that there’s a requirement for some employers, or at least a suggestion to show good clean bills of health, and one of that would be getting vaccinated.

Dan Furphy:  Absolutely. I’ve had business contact me expressing that concern. They don’t want to be forced to have to hire unvaccinated employees. Because, as I indicated, they’ve got safety issues that they want to control very carefully. So yes, once again, it’s going to be interesting discussion in Cheyenne.