30 STATES WITH VACCINE BILLS NEEDING YOUR ACTION

Feb 9, 2017 by

To put the sheer volume of bills in perspective, we tracked a total of 106 bills in the entire legislative session last year.  If you live in one of the following states, there are already vaccine bills filed that can affect your rights (states listed in red are new since our last update): AR, AZ, CT, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, VA, and WA.

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states are priority opposition alert state as they now have bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions: AR(withdrawn), CT, IA, MN, NY, OK, PA, and TX.

The following states are priority support alert states as they now have bills to add or expand vaccine exemptions: HI, IA, MS (died), NJ, NY, OK, RI, and TX.

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, and TX.

RECENT WINS IN VA CAN HELP AZ, IN, KS, KY, ME, NY, OK, OR and TX DEFEAT BAD BILLS

Congratulations to the families in Virginia for recently stopping 3 bad bills! Virginia NVIC State Director Kathi Williams expresses her gratitude for everyone who came together to educate legislators.

Both HB 1533 and SB 1519 would have mandated meningitis vaccines.  Fortunately an education of legislators by NVIC and Virginia families from around the state helped contribute to failure of the meningitis vaccine mandate bills to move forward.  Currently, the following states have bad bills to mandate meningitis vaccines: IN, KS, KY, ME, and OR.  Two things that may help residents of those states to fight these meningitis vaccine mandate bills are 1) NVIC Handout on Meningococcal Disease and the Vaccine 2) The NVIC Advocacy Team Action Alert against (Found on http://NVICAdvocacy.org on the Virginia State Team Page under Expired Alerts).

The other bad bill defeated in Virginia, SB 1028, would have required vaccine exemption rates to be posted publically by each school.  NVIC issued an emergency email action alert. This bill was so offensive to NVIC President and Co-Founder Barbara Loe Fisher that she talked to the bill author herself, and the bill author withdrew the bill voluntarily.

We opposed this bill and others like it that have come before it because they have nothing to do with health.  These bills are part of a documented political strategy used by forced vaccination supporters to instigate a hostile community environment against those using exemptions to lead to the removal of vaccine exemptions.

From Milbank Quarterly “Power and persuasion in the vaccine debates: an analysis of political efforts and outcomes in the United States, 1998-2012”, September 9, 2014.

“Immunization supporters thus could do more to highlight the sympathetic figures on their side, such as immune-compromised children who rely on herd immunity, or unvaccinated people who contracted vaccine-preventable diseases and regret not being vaccinated…”

For example, a bill could require that schools and day care centers publicly post or distribute to parents the percentage of students with vaccine exemptions or the percentage of staff who have received a flu shot or whooping cough booster, as news coverage of disease outbreaks has raised public awareness about the unvaccinated. Although these numbers already have been collected, their public release would generate the news coverage and scrutiny that have proved helpful in the West Coast’s legislative changes.”

Families in the states of AZ, NY, OK need to work hard to defeat the following bills which authorize the public release of vaccine exemption rates or numbers by individual schools:

AZ: SB 1509, NY: S2955 and A3912, OK: SB177.  Families in Texas need to be on the lookout for a similar bill to be filed as referenced in recent vaccine proponent newsletters.

Even though bills like these do not authorize the public release of individually identifiable information, the numbers of children utilizing exemptions in many schools are so small that this group of bills puts the exposure of their identity at risk. This would be considered a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) violation.

From the US Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center’s FAQ on Disclosure Avoidance:

“Some risk of disclosure does remain, however, in circumstances where one or more students possess a unique or uncommon characteristic (or a combination of characteristics) that would allow them to be identified in the data table (this commonly occurs with small ethnic subgroup populations), or where some easily observable characteristic corresponds to an unrelated category in the data table…

…Under FERPA, educational agencies and institutions reporting or releasing data derived from education records are responsible for protecting PII (personally identifiable information) in the reports from disclosure. The U.S. Department of Education also states, in reporting achievement results under section 1111(h) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), to “not use disaggregated data for one or more subgroups… to report achievement results… if the results would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student”

Vaccination status and school vaccine exemptions are part of a child’s CONFIDENTIAL medical record and PRIVATE SCHOOL information. Bills like these, as shown by the use of this data in California, lead to the elimination of the personal belief exemption and direct the focus of parents on those with vaccine exemptions and instigates witch hunts into the identity of the small number of students with exemptions. Children and families utilizing vaccine exemptions that have had their vaccine exemption status revealed have experienced bullying, harassment and threats in this environment.

NVIC has consistently opposed public release of school exemption numbers since these types of bills first appeared in CO and VT in 2014.  We opposed and helped defeat OR SB 895A and TX HB 2474 in 2015.  We opposed AZ HB 2527 and MI SB 259 and MI SB 260 in 2016 and fortunately these bills were defeated as well. We will continue to ask our members to oppose these types of bills.

BILLS THAT NEED YOUR ACTION IN 30 STATES

There are literally over 100 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 2/7/17. 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
Eliminating Vaccine Exemptions AR, NY, OK, PA
Required School Exemption Disclosure AZ, NY, OK, VA
Expand Vaccine Exemptions HI, IA, ID, MS, NJ, NY, OK, RI, TN, TX
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
Granting Minor Children Consent Authority for Certain Vaccines Without Parents 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
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
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, NE, TN, TX
Permits Pharmacists Administer More Vaccines HI, IN, KS, KY, MT, NY, SD

INDIVIDUAL BILLS WE ARE TRACKING AS OF 2/7/17 (note you must be registered and logged in to see the specific information about the bills in your state)

State Bill Position Status Title
AR HB 1043 OPPOSE Withdrawn by the sponsor on 1/11/2017 Eliminates religious and philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination
AZ SB 1509 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 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 HB 6971 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 6700 OPPOSE Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health 1/24/2017 Mandates annual flu vaccines for child care providers
CT HB 6485 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 SB 439 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Joint Committee on Health 1/19/17 Expands the vaccine registry/tracking system to include up to age 18, require reports
CT HB 6016 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
GA HB 198 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/01/2017 and referred to the House Education Committee Requires school districts to provide information about flu vaccines
HI HB 676 OPPOSE Referred to House Committee on Rules on 1/25 hearing scheduled for 2/7/2017 Allows pharmacists to administer HPV Vaccine to children
HI HB 779 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 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Education Subcommittee 1/27/2017 Requires school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
IA HF 7 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Human Resources Committee 1/17/2017 Adds a personal conviction exemption to vaccination
IA SF 116 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 SB 1050 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/7/2017 Clarifies parents can submit their own statement of exemption for religious or other grounds
ID HB 91 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Health and Welfare Committee 2/2/2017 Expands the Idaho Immunization Information System/vaccine tracking system
IL SB 741 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to assignments on 1/30/2017 Mandatory flu vaccines for health care personnel
IL HB 679 WATCH Introduced 1/25/2017 and referred to the rules committee Requires the health dept. to develop an informational flyer on meningococcal disease
IN HB 1069 OPPOSE Passed full House on 1/31/2017 Mandates meningitis vaccines for college students
IN SB 51 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 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 OPPOSE Referred to Committee on Health & Provider Services, first reading on 1/4 Vaccine mandates for hospital workers
KS HB 2121 OPPOSE Passed the House Committee on Health & Human Services 2/3/17 Requires all vaccines administered to be reported to the vaccine registry/tracking system
KS HB 2030 OPPOSE Passed the House Committee on Health and Human Services on1/31/17 Allows pharmacists to administer any vaccine to children 6 years or older
KS HB 2205 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Health and Human Services Committee 1/30/2017 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines
KY HB 147 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/5/2017 Vaccine mandates for college students
KY SB 101 WATCH Introduced on 1/5/17, referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee on 1/7/17 Expands current law allowing pharmacist to administer vaccines to children to include 9 to 17 years
MA SD 1509 OPPOSE Filed on 1/20/2017 Expands the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include vision screening
ME LD 456/HP 323 WATCH Introduced and Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development 2/7/2017 Allows pharmacists to administer all ACIP recommended vaccines to children 11 and older
ME LD 272/HP 205 OPPOSE LD 272 was referred to the House Committee on Health & Human Services on 1/31 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for 11 to 20 year olds
ME LD 161/HP 119 WATCH Introduced and referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services 1/19/17 Removes the Secretary of State from the Maine Vaccine Board
MN HF 96/SF 143 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to House Health & Human Services Reform & Senate Health and Human Services Changes conscientious belief exemption to personal belief exemption, requires physician statement
MO SB 117 OPPOSE Hearing held in Senate Health and Pensions Committee on 1/18/17 Mandates flu vaccines for employees and volunteers of health services facilities
MO HB 331 WATCH Introduced 1/4/2017 Restricts use of vaccines containing metal preservatives
MO HB 332 WATCH Introduced 1/4/2017 Restricts the use of vaccines containing foreign human DNA
MS HB 1456 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Expands and protects medical exemptions to vaccination in MS
MS HB 1439 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Establishes a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination
MS HB 88 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Establishes the right of adults to determine whether to receive any vaccine, provides protections
MS HB 1068 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Eliminates the requirement that hospitals administer hepatitis b vaccine to newborns
MS SB 2636/HB 1457 SUPPORT HB 14 57 died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Provides for religious and philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination
MT HB 177 OPPOSE Transmitted to Senate on 1/26/17 Adds pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to the list of vaccines pharmacists can administer
MT HB 293 OPPOSE Referred to the House Human Services Committee, hearing scheduled on 2/1/2017 Changes vaccine registry/tracking system from opt-in to opt-out
NE LB267 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/11/17, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 1/13/17 Requires nursing facilities to offer employees and residents flu vaccines unless contraindicated
NH HB 362 SUPPORT Referred to the House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee, Hearing on 1/24/17 Prohibits school vaccine requirements for diseases noncommunicable in schools including hepatitis b
NH HB 361 SUPPORT Referred to the House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee, Hearing on 1/24/17 Removes the authority of the health dept. commissioner to adopt rules on child vaccines
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