Indiana businesses won’t be allowed to require employees to be microchipped under legislation headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb.
The Indiana Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit companies from using the implantation of some type of tracking or identification device as a condition of employment for current or prospective workers.
House Bill 1143, authored by Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Brazil, passed the Senate 49-0. The House passed the same version of the bill last month.
The device-implantation process typically involves a rice-sized microchip that’s inserted between the index finger and thumb. The technology can control access to doors or computers, provide health data or even let someone get food out of a vending machine.
Morrison has filed similar legislation in previous years but failed to get anything passed through the Indiana General Assembly as lawmakers brushed off the need for it.
Some companies are using the technology, though. It has been used on a voluntary basis at Swedish startup hub Epicenter and at Wisconsin-based Three Market Square for years.
The bill would still allow a company in Indiana to offer microchipping on a voluntary basis.
Indiana would be the sixth state to implement such a law.
Holcomb, who can sign the bill, veto it or allow it to pass into law without his signature, has not taken a public position on the issue. A spokeswoman for the governor said “he will assess it when it gets to his desk.”