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Any parent who has an 11-year-old child enrolled in an approved home study program is currently required to provide evidence to the Department of Education that their child has been immunized against the meningococcal disease.
While the Department of Education is currently accepting a simple check mark as evidence that you have meet this requirement, we do not believe that a parent should have to provide any information on their child's immunizations to the Department of Education. House Bill 936 would fix this and remove home study parents from this additional reporting requirement.
House Bill 936 was heard earlier today in the House Education Committee. The Committee voted 13-1 to "defer" the bill. This means the bill has to voted on by the Committee to be brought up again.
It appears that several of the Committee members are opposed to the bill because they believe home study parents should have to have their children immunized against the meningococcal disease. However, this is not the issue. The issue is whether home study students should have to report their child's immunization status to the Department of Education.
Please contact the Committee members to urge them to support this bill.
We support this bill.
04/07/2010 H Heard in Committee, voted to defer, 13-1.
03/29/2010 H 103 Read by title, under the rules, referred to the Committee on Education.
03/19/2010 H First appeared in the Interim Calendar on 3/19/2010.
03/18/2010 H Under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Education.
03/18/2010 H Prefiled.
This bill was permanently deferred.
In 2008 a bill was introduced to require the meningococcal immunization. While it didn't originally impact home study students, it was amended late in the session and the final version that passed did include home study students.
We would like you to email the members of the House Education Committee to urge them to support House Bill 936. This bill would repeal the requirement that home study parents provide evidence that their 11-year-olds have been immunized against meningococcal disease.
Current law requires approved home study programs to provide to the Department of Education evidence that their children have received this immunization. We do not believe home study parents should have to provide any evidence of their child's immunizations to the Department of Education.
House Bill 936 was heard in the House Education Committee this morning with no advance notice. During the Committee meeting 13 Committee members voted to "defer" the bill. This means that the bill will not be taken up unless the Committee votes to bring it back up. Please contact the Committee members listed above to help persuade them to pass the bill.
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