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4/4/2005 2:16:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Update on Immunization Tracking Bill

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April 4, 2005


Colorado--Update on Immunization Tracking Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls on Senate Bill 87. Your calls made an impact.
Although all the changes we requested were not implemented, there are
some significant amendments that were attached in the House that will
protect parent's rights.

First, the amendments clarify that social services cannot investigate
a family merely because they choose not to immunize.

Second, the amendments continue to allow parents the opportunity to
declare an exemption from any or all immunizations based on a
religious or personal belief.

Third, parents will have the opportunity to opt-out of the
Immunization Tracking System (ITS). The amendments state, "A parent or
legal guardian who consents to the immunization of an infant, child,
or student...shall have the option to exclude such information from
the immunization tracking system. The parent or legal guardian shall
have the option to remove such information from the immunization
tracking system at any time."

Fourth, physicians and other licensed medical personnel will be
required to tell parents of their rights to declare an exemption from
immunization because of religious or personal beliefs, and will be
required to explain a parent's right to opt out of the ITS.

Up until this point, Colorado law has not required doctors to inform
parents of their right to a religious or personal exemption.

The Senate and House versions of the bill will now go to a Senate
conference committee to reconcile the differences. We will be watching
the results of the conference committee closely, and will inform you
of any needed action.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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