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Hawaii bill proposed to offer backpay to those terminated over vaccine mandates

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FILE -- This May 3, 2022 file photo shows members of the Hawaii House of Representatives discussing legislation at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.Affordable housing, expanding pre-K education and addressing corruption are top of the agenda as Hawaii lawmakers return to the state Capitol next week. The state Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 is scheduled to open a new session that will last through early May. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

State lawmakers may consider a bill this session -- that if passed -- would require state agencies to give backpay to those who lost their jobs because they did not get vaccinated against COVID.

HONOLULU (KITV4) – During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of workers across the country were either forced to resign or were let go because they did not comply with their employer’s vaccine mandates.

Hawaii state lawmakers, Rep. Diamond Garcia and Sen. Brenton Awa introduced Bill 52, to, in their words, “right these wrongs”.

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