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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed into law employment protections for workers who claim a religious or health reason for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Republican governor signed the legislation a day after it was approved by the Alabama Legislature.

The new law says state employers can’t fire workers for being unvaccinated against COVID-19 if the employee returns a new standardized state form to claim a religious, medical or moral exemption.

The bill states that employers should make the form readily available to all applicable employees, along with directions for submitting the form.

GOP-led states have turned to lawsuits and legislation to resist the federal vaccine requirements they call an infringement on personal liberties