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134 VACCINE BILLS IN 35 STATES IN FIRST 7 WEEKS OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION – FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (Link to Share on Social Media)

Dear NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

We are not even a full two months into the 2017 legislative sessions, and our NVIC Advocacy Team is tracking 134 vaccine related bills across 35 states on the NVIC Advocacy Portal

We have added 31 new bills since our last update 2 weeks ago and 8 of these new bills are in 5 states appearing for the first time: MD, NV, UT, VT, and WV.

If you live in one of the following states, there are bills filed that can affect your rights: AR, AZ, CT, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, and WV. 

The following states are priority opposition alert state as they now have bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions: AR(withdrawn), CT, IA, MN, NY, OK, PA, TX and UT.

The following states are priority support alert states as they now have bills to add or expand vaccine exemptions: HI, IA, ID, MS (died), NJ, NY, OK, RI, TN, TX, WA, and WV.  If you are in WV, a bill was just filed last week to expand vaccine exemptions and your calls are needed on Monday to get the bill set for a hearing.

If you are in any of the following states, beware that there are bills filed to expand vaccine tracking or eliminate OPT-IN Consent for vaccine tracking and that these need to be opposed: CT, ID, KS, MA, MT, NY, TX and UT.

There are school shaming bills filed to require and normalize the public disclosure of vaccination and exemption rates in the following states: AZ, CT, NV, NY, OK, TX, UT, and VA (withdrawn).  These bills need to be opposed as states that already do this have experienced increased media hostility towards schools or districts with lower vaccination or higher exemption rates.  This instigates community driven discrimination and bullying of vaccine selective families.

If you are in CT, TX, or UT, there are discriminatory and presumptuous bills that need to be opposed that mandate families utilizing vaccine exemptions participate in state required vaccine education.  Just because a family takes an exemption, doesn’t mean they are lacking vaccine education. Conversely, just because a family vaccinates with everything, doesn’t mean they are educated yet no vaccine education is required of those blindly following recommendations.

BILLS THAT NEED YOUR ACTION IN 35 STATES

There are 134 bills filed that need your support or opposition! PLEASE LOG IN TO http://NVICAdvocacy.org for more detailed information including links to the bills themselves.  Please understand that we are analyzing bills and updating the NVIC Advocacy Portal multiple times a day and this information changes daily so log in often.  Use this resource to find out what is going on in your state and what you can do to help.

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Here is a breakdown of the types of bills filed that we are tracking as of 2/24/17. Please note NVIC is opposed to the types of bills highlighted in red text and we support the types of bills in green text.

EXEMPTIONS AND INFORMED CONSENT

Restricting Vaccine Exemptions CT, IA, MN, NY, OK, TX, UT
Eliminating Vaccine Exemptions AR, NY, OK, PA
School Shaming and Exemption Disclosure AZ, CT, NV, NY, OK, TX, UT, VA
Expand Vaccine Exemptions HI, IA, ID, MS, NJ, NY, OK, RI, TN, TX, WA, WV
Protecting Vaccine Delay and Refusal from Child Abuse Claims OR
Add to Who Can Sign Medical Exemptions TX
Prohibit Docs from Throwing Exempting Patients out TX
Forced Detention and Treatment on Suspicion of Vaccine Preventable Disease NY
Expand Vaccine Informed Consent OR, TX, WA
Granting Minor Children Consent Authority for Certain Vaccines Without Parents MN, NY, TX
Granting School Nurses Vaccine Consent Authority for Homeless Children WA

MANDATES

Adds New Vaccine Mandates CT, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MO, MT, NJ, NY, OR, VA
Restricting Vaccine Mandates MS, NH, NJ, OR
Prevents Vaccine Mandates for Adults MS
Requires Children of Foster Parents to be Vaccinated with no exemptions AZ

 VACCINE TRACKING AND REPORTING

Eliminates OPT-IN Consent for Vaccine Tracking MT, TX
Expands Vaccine Tracking CT, ID, KS, MA, MT, NY, TX, UT
Requires Tracking of Parental Refusal of Vaccines MD
Requires Reports of Vaccine Reactions to Leg VT
Adds OPT-OUT on Forced Inclusion Vaccine Tracking System MA
Alters Vaccine Board Positions ME
Requires Public Schools to Conduct Health Visits to Private School Students IA

VACCINES

Prohibits Certain Ingredients in Vaccines MO
Requires Vaccine Promotion/Marketing GA, IL, MD, NE, OR, TN, TX
Permits Pharmacists Administer More Vaccines HI, IN, KS, KY, MD, MT, NY, SD
Expands Vaccine/Public Health Programs WA

INDIVIDUAL BILLS WE ARE TRACKING AS OF 2/24/17 (note you must be registered and logged in to see the specific information about the bills in your state).  Bills highlighted below in red are moving at this time and NVIC is opposed to their passage.  Please read the bill and contact your state legislators to voice your concerns.

State Bill Number Date Posted Position Status Title
AR SB 301 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Passed the Senate; passed house committees on 2/23/17 Allows the health dept. to share personal information in the immunization registry
AR HB 1043 1/12/2017 OPPOSE Withdrawn by the sponsor on 1/11/2017 Eliminates religious and philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination
AZ SB 1509 2/3/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the Senate Committees on Education and Rules on 2/1/2017 Requires public and charter schools to post vaccination rates on their website
AZ SB 1268 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Committees Rules and HHS Requires parents to have their natural born children vaccinated in order to be a foster parent
CT SB 439 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Public Health 2/22/17 Expands the vaccine registry/tracking system to include up to age 18, require reports
CT HB 7059 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in Joint Committee on Children, Tues., 2/21 Requires parents using a religious belief exemption to participate in a state education program
CT SB 840 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Public Health, Wed. 2/22/17 Requires the Dept. of Public Health to release annual immunization rates of all schools
CT HB 6971 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the Joint Committee on Health 1/26/2017 Requires state mandated education in order to use a religious belief exemption to vaccination
CT HB 6485 1/24/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/23/2017 and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health Expand the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include all children up to age 18
CT HB 6700 1/24/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health 1/24/2017 Mandates annual flu vaccines for child care providers
CT HB 6016 1/21/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/19/17 and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health Provides local health directors with real-time access to the immunization registry/tracking system
CT HB 7172 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Joint Public Health Committee 2/23/2017 Mandates meningitis vaccines for 12th grade students
GA HB 198 2/18/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full House on 2/16/2017 Requires school districts to provide information about flu vaccines
HI HB 676 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for decision making on Wednesday, 3/1/17 Allows pharmacists to administer HPV Vaccine to children
HI HB 779 1/26/2017 SUPPORT Referred to House Committees on Health and Judiciary on 1/25/17 Establishes a philosophical belief exemption to vaccination, allows for in house quarantine
IA SF 138/HF 268 2/12/2017 OPPOSE SF 138 to Senate Education Subcommittee 1/27, HF 268 to House Education Committee 2/9 Requires school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
IA HF 261 2/10/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/9/2017 assigned to sub committee Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination in Iowa
IA HF 7 2/8/2017 SUPPORT Passed subcommittee, failed to move out of full committee Adds a personal conviction exemption to vaccination
IA SF 116 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/24/17 and referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee Requires the signature of a religious leader for a religious belief exemption to vaccination
ID HB 91 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Died on 3rd reading in the House Expands the Idaho Immunization Information System/vaccine tracking system
ID SB 1081 2/22/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full Senate on 2/21/2017 Extends the Idaho Assessment Board for two more years
ID SB 1050 2/9/2017 SUPPORT Referred to the Senate Committee on Health & Welfare on 2/8/17 Clarifies parents can submit their own statement of exemption for religious or other grounds
IL HB 679 2/24/2017 WATCH Passed the full House on 2/23/2017 Requires the health dept. to develop an informational flyer on meningococcal disease
IL SB 2043 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/10/2017 and referred to Assignments Requires the addition of males to HPV Vaccine programs and required information
IL SB 741 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Hearing scheduled for 2/15/17 in the Senate Committee on Public Health postponed Mandates flu vaccines for health care personnel
IN HB 1540 2/22/2017 OPPOSE Passed House Public Health Committee and 2nd reading Expands authority of pharmacists to administer vaccines via standing orders issued by the state
IN HB 1069 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House on 1/31/2017, referred to Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services Mandates meningitis vaccines for college students
IN SB 51 1/30/2017 OPPOSE Passed full Senate on 1/30/17, to be considered in the House next Adds new vaccines that pharmacists can administer to children without consent in an emergency
IN SB 339 1/12/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services Mandates meningitis vaccine for college students
IN SB 133 1/5/2017 OPPOSE Referred to Committee on Health & Provider Services, first reading on 1/4 Mandates vaccines for hospital workers
KS HB 2205 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full House on 2/23/17 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines
KS HB 2121 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House; referred to Senate Committee on Public Health & Welfare 2/21/17 Requires all vaccines administered to be reported to the vaccine registry/tracking system
KS HB 2030 2/16/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House on 2/14/17; referred to Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare on 2/15/17 Allows pharmacists to administer any vaccine to children 6 years or older
KY SB 101 2/24/2017 WATCH Passed the full Senate on 2/22/17 Expands current law allowing pharmacist to administer vaccines to children to include 9 to 17 years
KY HB 147 2/9/2017 OPPOSE Passed the House Committee on Health & Family Services on 2/9/17 Mandates vaccines for college students
MA H.1179 2/24/2017 WATCH Introduced and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health on 2/23/2017 Allows parents and individuals to opt-out of the vaccine tracking system
MA SD 1509 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Filed on 1/20/2017 Expands the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include vision screening
MD HB 1262 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the House Health and Government Operations Committee, 3/9/2017 Expands existing law that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to include children 5 and up
MD HB 1481 2/16/2017 OPPOSE Hearing scheduled in the House Health and Government Operations Committee 3/10/2017 Requires all primary care providers to push all vaccines to adolescents, document parental refusal
ME LD 272/HP 205 2/9/2017 OPPOSE LD 272 was withdrawn on 2/8/17 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for 11 to 20 year olds
ME LD 456/HP 323 2/7/2017 WATCH Introduced and Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development 2/7/2017

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