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states are priority opposition alert state as they now have bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions: AR(withdrawn), CT, IA, MN, NY, OK, PA, TX and UT.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the public disclosure of vaccination and exemption rates in the following states: AZ, CT, NV, NY, OK, TX, UT, and VA (withdrawn).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|
|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|
|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