Morrison's bill amending employee microchipping ban passes House

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – State Rep. Alan Morrison's (R-Brazil) legislation clarifying a state law that bans employers from requiring workers to be microchipped passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives.

Morrison authored a law last year to protect employees from being forced to have microchips implanted in their bodies as a condition of employment or to receive additional compensation. This year's legislation would define an employer to include the state of Indiana or any individual, partnership, association, limited liability company, corporation, business trust or other governmental entity with at least one employee.

"Current technology makes microchipping effortless," Morrison said. "These devices can replace badges and provide convenience in the workplace, but they also have the capability of collecting personal information outside of employment. My legislation is designed to protect Hoosier workers from having to sacrifice their privacy to keep their job."

According to Morrison, microchips are capable of GPS tracking, monitoring vital signs and being used for security purposes, information that some may not want shared with their employer. While the technology hasn't become commonplace among businesses, 11 other states have passed laws similar to Morrison's that ban microchipping as a requirement for employment.

House Bill 1156 now moves to the Indiana Senate for consideration. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, 
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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