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Washington Legislature considering bill that would make distributing fake vaccine cards a felony


A bill before Washington lawmakers would make it a misdemeanor to try to pass off fake vaccination cards and a felony to sell them.

Bill sponsor, Senator Jesse Salomon, a Democrat from Shoreline spoke Monday before the Senate Law and Justice Committee:

“This is really about truth in advertising,” he said. “I think people who are medically vulnerable who want to go to a place that has vaccine requirements, should be able to go there without wondering or experiencing somebody using false vaccines and possibly infecting them. It's a matter of fairness.”

Yakima County Commissioner Amanda McKinney called the vaccine card requirement draconian.

“Are we really going to call 911, and charge an 18-year-old for providing a fake vaccination card to enter a concert,” she said, “or are we going to charge his mother with a felony for printing and assisting her son to fill out the card?”

If passed, those convicted of a misdemeanor face a $1,000 dollar fine, and up to ninety days in jail. Those convicted of a felony could face a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.