House Bill 527 and Senate Bill 199: Immunization Exceptions and the Immunization Pilot Program

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Last Updated: May 16, 2012
House Bill 527 and Senate Bill 199: Immunization Exceptions and the Immunization Pilot Program
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representatives Till, Atkins, Bohi, Cheney, Christie, Consejo, Evans, Gilbert, Howrigan, Kitzmiller, Lenes, Masland, Munger, Shand, Townsend, Waite-Simpson
Sponsors:
Senators Mullin and Kevin
Summary:

House Bill 527 would eliminate a philosophical exemption from the requirement that all children attending school and child care facilities receive immunizations specified by the Department of Health.

Summary:

Senate Bill 199 would eliminate a philosophical exemption from the requirement that all children attending school and child care facilities receive immunizations specified by the Department of Health. If passed, the bill would also extend until 2014 a pilot program having the objective of immunizing all Vermont children. However, the bill as passed by the House includes an amendment that preserves the philosophical exemption.

Status:

01/12/2012     (House)     Introduced and referred to the Committee on Education
01/25/2012     (House)     Referred to the Committee on Health Care

Status:

01/03/2012     (Senate)     Introduced and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare
02/29/2012     (Senate)     Favorable report from the Committee on Health and Welfare
03/01/2012     (Senate)     Passed second reading
03/02/2012     (Senate)     Passed third reading
03/13/2012     (House)     Introduced and referred to the Committee on Human Services and the Committee on Health Care
04/05/2012     (House)     Referred to the Committee on Appropriations
04/12/2012     (House)     Passed second reading with amendments
04/13/2012     (House)     Passed third reading; Sent to the Senate; House Amendments scheduled to be heard
04/17/2012     (Senate)     Conference of Committee between the House and Senate proposed and agreed to
05/03/2012     (Senate and House)     Committee of Conference report agreed to (Senate version); Passed the House and messaged to the Senate
05/16/2012     (Senate)     Passed the Senate; Messaged to the Governor

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA's Position:

Vermont’s current law protects parents' right to exempt their children from immunization based not only on religious freedom grounds, but also on philosophical conviction. Senate Bill 199 would coerce parents who had a legitimate philosophical belief against immunizations to innoculate their children. Parents, not the government, should have the right to make medical decisions, such as vaccinating their children, based on their philosophical and religious convictions of what is best for their children. Therefore, we oppose Vermont's effort to remove the philosophical conviction exemption.

Additionally, many parents are concerned about the medical risks of vaccinations. Parents must retain the choice of whether or not they will immunize their children.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

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House Bill Text

House Bill History

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Senate Bill Text

Senate Bill History

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