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5/9/2005 12:05:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Final Word on Senate Bill 87

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May 9, 2005


Colorado--Final Word on Senate Bill 87


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls on Senate Bill 87 to the Governor. He has
indicated that he will draft guidelines to help protect the privacy of
families. Your calls were not in vain.

In addition, please forgive for us accidentally sending out an email
twice that described the signing of S.B. 87 as a success. It was the
result of an unusual technical glitch. We were asking him to veto the
bill but he signed it.

Nonetheless, now that S.B. 87 is law, I want to give you a complete
summary of the major requirements (both good and bad) of this new
immunization law and how it affects the current law.

The immunization tracking law now:

1) Clarifies that social services cannot investigate a family merely
because they choose not to immunize. This will help HSLDA resolve
child welfare investigations of homeschoolers.

2) Continues to allow parents the opportunity to declare an exemption
from any or all immunizations based on a religious or personal belief.
This is a crucial parental right.

3) Gives parents the opportunity to opt-out of the Immunization
Tracking System (ITS). The law states, "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."

4) Continues to require physicians and other licensed medical
personnel to inform 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.

5) Threatens your family's privacy and freedom since the Department of
Public Health has now been given the power to hire a "contractor" who
"may directly contact the parent. . . if immunizations are due or
overdue." This means a government agency will be calling, or
potentially visiting your home, in order to determine the status of
your child's immunizations. (The old tracking system only allowed the
parent to be contacted if there was an outbreak of a disease.)

This is the last word on S.B. 87. We will inform you when and if the
Governor issues privacy guidelines for immunization tracking that will
lessen the impact of #5 above.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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