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Agency Takes a Shot at Following the Law This Time

The Colorado Department of Education (DOE) has announced that parents exempting their schoolchildren from state immunization requirements no longer have to use their intrusive “official” form.

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News Archive

Form is no longer mandatory

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Colorado Agency Backs Down

Today, Colorado parents are no longer forced to submit to unconstitutional compelled speech in order to exercise their legal right to an exemption from Colorado’s immunization law.

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States forcing parents to violate conscience

AUGUST 30, 2016

Changes Ahead for Unconstitutional Form?

Since our last update on Thursday, HSLDA has had additional discussions with the Colorado Attorney General’s office regarding the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s immunization exemption form, which we contend violates the First Amendment rights of those seeking to exercise their lawful right to an exemption under state law.

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States forcing parents to violate conscience

AUGUST 25, 2016

HSLDA and Colorado AG’s Office Discuss Unconstitutional Form

With a new school year rapidly approaching, HSLDA attorneys met yesterday directly with Colorado Attorney General’s office representatives to urge an immediate and simple fix to an exemption form that violates the constitutional rights of many families with school-aged children.

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States forcing parents to violate conscience

AUGUST 22, 2016

13K Signatures Prompt Response from Officials

The Colorado Attorney General’s office has responded to HSLDA’s demand letter and the voices of over 13,000 citizens who have signed our petition to protect the First Amendment rights of free speech and conscience.

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States forcing parents to violate conscience

AUGUST 12, 2016

Form Makes Unconstitutional Demands

Overzealous state officials have crafted an unconstitutional form which may force parents to violate their conscience in order to obtain immunization exemptions for their children.

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AUGUST 9, 2016

HSLDA letter to CDPHE seeks resolution to mandated Colorado exemption form that violates free speech

Letter from HSLDA attorney Michael Donnelly addressing concerns with the Immunization Non-Medical Exemption Form sent to Dr. Larry Wolk, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

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Additional Resources

  • CO House Bill 1164: Immunization Exemptions

    Opposed by HSLDA. Defeated in Colorado State Legislature March 2016.
    This bill would require a parent or student to submit an immunization exemption to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment rather than to the individual school. The department would determine the specific exemption form to be used and would post exemption rates for each school.

  • Archived Audio of 2016 Legislative Session in the Colorado General Assembly

    In this audio, Senator Kevin Lundberg questions CDPHE Executive Director Dr. Larry Wolk about the CDPHE’s creation of a required form. The questioning of Dr. Wolk begins at around the 14-minute mark and continues until about the 40-minute mark.

  • CO House Bill 1288: New Requirements for Immunization Exemptions

    Opposed by HSLDA. Passed May 2014.
    House Bill 1288 would make it more difficult for families to claim a personal exemption from immunizations. The bill requires that families “certify” that they are informed about immunizations before being able to claim an exemption.