by Ginger Taylor, MS
In the early hours this morning, HB-1312 passed out of the Colorado Legislature House Health and Insurance Committee, after hearings that lasted for thirteen and a half hours. All of which you can listen to here.
The bill adds ALL of the vaccines on the CDC recommended childhood schedule to the list of vaccines mandated for school entry. It passed out of committee at 4:30am under a 7 to 4 vote on party lines, without amendments.
From Cindy Loveland, NVIC Colorado State Director:
Former Senator Kevin Lundberg, who spent 8 years in the house and 8 years in the senate posted on his FB Page -
The committee hearing on immunization exemptions (HB-1312) went past 4 AM. The response to this bill was historic. Never before have I seen over 500 people signing up to testify on a single bill. Some estimated that over 1000 came to the hearing. Because they were dispersed to several rooms and the halls it was impossible to determine the total number who came to the Capitol.
With the exception of a couple of medical "experts" who were for the bill, all the rest were in opposition. Ultimately all meaningful amendments were rejected and the bill passed on a party-line vote.
The committee proved to be stone-deaf to the concerns of the people.
The full description of the bill:
The bill requires the department of public health and environment (department) to:
- Develop a standardized form and submission process to claim a medical exemption to an immunization; and
- Develop a standardized form and submission process to claim a religious or personal belief exemption to an immunization.
The department is:
- Required to develop educational materials regarding immunizations to distribute to health care providers and facilities;
- Required to present immunization exemption information during its annual SMART Act hearing; and
- Required to use the existing immunization tracking system.
The state board of health is:
- Required to promulgate rules adopting the medical exemption recommendations from the advisory committee on immunization practices of the centers for disease control and prevention in the federal department of health and human services, or any successor entity (ACIP);
- Required to promulgate rules adopting the immunization recommendations from the ACIP;
- Allowed to promulgate rules adopting additional immunizations not recommended by ACIP; and
- Allowed to promulgate rules establishing the timing by which schools, parents, legal guardians, and students must demonstrate compliance with immunization requirements.
Concerning the immunization tracking system, the bill:
- Requires a licensed physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse to inform a parent or legal guardian who is claiming a medical exemption that he or she may choose to exclude the student's immunization information from the immunization tracking system before the student's immunization data is sent to the immunization tracking system;
- Requires the department or local or county, district, or municipal public health agency to inform a parent, legal guardian, or student who is claiming a religious or personal belief exemption that he or she may choose to exclude the student's immunization information from the immunization tracking system before the student's immunization data is sent to the immunization tracking system; and
- Requires a practitioner who is a licensed physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse to submit immunization and medical exemption data to the immunization tracking system. However, the practitioner is not subject to a regulatory sanction for noncompliance.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)