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2/2/2010 3:49:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Hearing on Vaccination Equity Bill

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Virginia--Hearing on Vaccination Equity Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

With a novel disease spreading rapidly and vaccine in short supply,
last fall many homeschoolers were treated like second-class citizens
and shoved to the back of the line while public school children got
preferential access to vaccine. Many private school students were in
the same boat.

Representative David Englin drafted a bill to address this problem,
House Bill 270. As originally drafted, however, the bill failed to
achieve its objective.

On January 25, HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff traveled to
Richmond and testified against the bill because it created the
illusion of a solution without the substance of the solution. After
Woodruff's testimony, the subcommittee voted down the bill on a 3-3
vote.

Woodruff and Englin left the hearing room and continued negotiations
they had begun earlier. After considerable discussion, Woodruff
suggested inserting language requiring the department to plan vaccine
administration "without preference" as to how a student was educated.

Englin agreed to Woodruff's proposed language and HSLDA put its
support toward passage of the bill. On February 1, the bill was
resubmitted to subcommittee, and it passed unanimously.

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee is scheduled to
hold a hearing on the bill (along with others) on Thursday, February
4, at 8:30 a.m. in House Room D in the General Assembly Building in
Richmond.

ACTION REQUESTED

If it is important to you that vaccine be distributed fairly when
there is not enough for everyone, or if your student was rejected
while public school students were being vaccinated, I invite you to
come to the hearing Thursday morning and testify.

BACKGROUND

The unanimous vote in the subcommittee is probably a good sign that
the bill will be received favorably in the full committee. However,
we cannot be certain, and if you would like to come and testify, your
contribution would be welcome.

Many parents choose to opt out of vaccinations. As amended, the bill
protects all the options that parents currently have.

When there is enough vaccine for everyone, people who want
vaccinations can get them. However, when vaccine is an extremely
limited supply, it is simply not possible for everyone to receive a
vaccination when they want it. House Bill 270, as amended, is a
common sense approach to the problem that requires vaccine to be
distributed without preference to how a child complies with compulsory
attendance law when vaccine is in limited supply.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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