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Welcome to the NVIC Advocacy Portal (NVICAP)

Achieving and protecting the right to informed consent to vaccination is more important now than ever before, and we need your help to make that happen. NVIC wants to help you, our members, to organize and make a difference in your home state right where you live to protect and expand vaccine exemptions.  It is at the state level that mass vaccination policies are made, and it is at the state level where your action to protect your rights can have the greatest impact.  Also, when national vaccine issues occur, you will be plugged in to the information and action items necessary to make sure your voice is heard. 

Register to be an NVIC Advocacy Team Member:  Just minutes of your time on letters, emails, and phone calls to your state legislators and the media can make the difference.  NVIC will send you advocacy alert emails when action is needed to support efforts in your own state and nationally on important legislation and policy to protect and expand vaccination exemption laws.  We will provide you with the steps, tools and connection to leaders and organizations to help you make a positive impact on your rights to exercise informed consent in the vaccination decision making process.  

With your registration information, we are able to calculate exactly who your elected officials are and display direct links to connect you to them on your personal view of your state team page.  This also allows us to reach you by email with a dedicated alert for your state when action on a bill is critical.  Registration information is kept confidential within NVIC.

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Advocacy Guide

Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law: A Guide

This guide explains the basis for the legislative work we do with the NVIC Advocacy Program to protect and expand vaccine exemptions.  You can use this 55 page referenced guide with legislators and policy makers to help educate them about the importance of the bills we advocate for or against.

Bills to Watch



State Bill
Number
Date
Posted
Position Status Title
AZ HB 2527 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of committee Requires schools post vaccination rates on the school web page
CA SB 622 6/29/2016 OPPOSE On 6/28 SB 622 set for final hearing canceled at the request of author Allows optometrists to administer vaccines to adults
CA AB 2150 6/26/2016 WATCH Passed Full House on 6/2/16; re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations on 6/22/16 Eligibility for child care and development services updates/keeps religious exemption to vaccination
CA AB 2832 4/20/2016 SUPPORT Died in Assembly Committee on Health on 4/19/2016 Require the CA Health and Human Services Agency post links to VAERS and NVICP
CO HB 1164 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, laid over to June 1, 2016, session ended May 11, 2016 Requires exemptions to vaccination be submitted to the dept. of public health
CO SB 146 5/22/2016 OPPOSE Final version passed senate and house; sent to Governor STD prevention services, HPV & Hepatitis B Vaccine for minors without parental consent
CT HB 5539 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of committee Expands current meningitis vaccine requirement for college students living in dorms
DE SB 223 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Passed the House Health & Human Development Committee 5/18/16 Meningitis Vaccine Mandate for College students
HI HB 1722 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move forward Eliminates the Religious Belief Exemption to Vaccination for Public School Student in HI
HI HB 1945/SB 2394 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, SB 2394 failed to move out of Finance Committee. HB 1945 failed to move. Flu mandates for health care workers
HI HB 1946/SB 2393 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, SB 2393 failed to move out of CPH Committee, HB 1946 failed to move Requires the dept. to adopt rules to implement all federally recommended vaccines within 90 days
HI SCR 30 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, Failed to move out of House Finance Committee Requires the health and education departments to provide information on HPV Vaccine to parents
HI HB 1910/SB 2316 4/21/2016 OPPOSE Died, HB 1910 failed to move, SB 2316 failed to move out of committee Mandate HPV Vaccine for 7th grade students, allow pharmacists to administer HPV Vaccine to minors
IA SF 2136 6/1/2016 OPPOSE Added to budget bill, signed by the governor May 27, 2016 Mandates 7th and 12th grade students receive meningitis vaccine
IA HSB 565 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of committee Mandates 7th and 12th grade students receive meningitis vaccine
ID S 1294 3/29/2016 OPPOSE Signed by the Governor 3/16/15, Session Law Chapter 62 effective 7/1/16 Lowers the age of a child for which pharmacists can vaccinate from 12 to 6.
IN HB 1177 4/22/2016 WATCH Died, failed to move out of committee Allows the IN Dept. of Health to develop a strategic plan concerning cancers associated with HPV
IN SB 275 4/21/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move forward Allows disease intervention specialists to dispense vaccines through a standing order
IN SB 162 3/14/2016 OPPOSE Died, Failed to move out of Conference Committee Adds new vaccine mandates for hospital workers in Indiana
KS SB 385/HB 2629 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, SB 385 failed to move forward, HB 2629 failed to move out of House Health Committee Requires hospitals to offer flu vaccines to patients 65 and older at discharge
LA HB 1071 4/19/2016 WATCH Scheduled for hearing in the Committee on Health and Welfare on 4/20/16 Creates new position and office of state surgeon general responsible for immunization practices
MA H.1917 6/15/2016 WATCH Reported favorably by committee and referred to the committee on Health Care Financing, 6/15 Requires hospitals to offer flu vaccines to all patients 65 and older prior to discharge
MA H1981 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Accompanied a study order in the house on 5/5/16 Establish school-located influenza vaccination programs in elementary and secondary schools
MA S 317 4/22/2016 SUPPORT In the Joint Education Committee, not moving Adds a personal belief exemption to required vaccines in MA
MA S2074/S1993 4/22/2015 OPPOSE S2074 in the House Committee on Third Reading. Requires hospitals to provide information to parents of newborns about pertussis vaccine
MD SB 868/HB 1178 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Died, SB 868 Unfavorable Report - Withdrawn; HB 1178 unfavorable Report by Ways and Means -Withdrawn HPV Vaccine mandate for 9th grade students
MD HB 216/SB 289 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of committee Allows minors to consent to preventive care for STD's, including HPV Vaccine
MI HB 5363 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/16/16 and referred to the House Health Policy Committee Mandates posting and notification of exemption and vaccination status for students
MI HB 5365 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/16/16 and referred to the House Health Policy Committee Excludes children from school if the health officer suspects they have a communicable disease
MI HB 5364 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/16/16 and referred to the House Health Policy Committee Forces parents to submit exemptions at additional grade levels
MI HB 5361 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Introduced 2/16/16 and referred to the House Committee on Health Policy Forces parents to use health dept. forms for medical, religious and personal exemptions
MI HB 5362 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/16/16 and referred to the House Committee on Health Policy Would implement HB 5361
MI HB 5127 4/22/2016 SUPPORT Introduced on Dec. 8, 2015 and referred to the House Health Policy Committee Would implement changes enacted if HB 5126 passes
MN SF 380/HF 393 5/24/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move forward Restricts exemptions to vaccination
MO HB 2584 5/26/2016 WATCH Died, failed to move forward Would require alternative replacement vaccines for children's vaccines containing DNA
MO HB 2616 5/26/2016 OPPOSE Public hearing completed Expands current law regarding meningitis vaccines, adds new law on flu vaccine for LTC workers
MO HB 2491 5/15/2016 OPPOSE Referred to House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee on 5/13/16 Requires HPV Vaccine information to be included in sex ed classes
MO SB 1005 4/20/2016 WATCH Placed on the Informal Calendar for Perfection 4/19/2016 Makes changes to existing law requiring meningitis vaccines for college students
MO SB 1128 3/8/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 3/1/16; referred to the Senate Education Committe on 3/3/16 Requires reporting of percentage of fully vaccinated students in the longitudinal data system
MS HB 938 3/23/2016 SUPPORT Died, failed to move out of Senate Education Committee Require school districts to accept medical exemptions written by licensed physicians
MS HB 1168 2/24/2016 SUPPORT Died, failed to move out of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee on 2/23/2016 Enacts the Mississippi Adult Health and Privacy Act, protects adults who decline vaccination
MS HB 939 2/24/2016 SUPPORT Died, failed to move out of the Education Committee Provide for religious and philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination
MS HB 979 2/24/2016 WATCH Died, failed to move out of the House Education Committee on 2/23/2016 Adds a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination
NE LB 18 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Died, session ended 4/20/16 Mandate Meningitis Vaccines
NE LB 650 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move forward Encourages all hospitals to offer TDaP vaccines to maternity patients or parents of new babies
NH SB 512 6/12/2016 OPPOSE Passed Full Senate & House; Singed by Governor Requires tracking of flu vaccination status for health care workers
NH HB 383 5/26/2016 OPPOSE Died, referred to an Interim Study Committee, 1/21/16 Changes to the vaccine tracking system needs to be opt-in, not opt-out as proposed
NH HB 1463 5/26/2016 SUPPORT Died, failed to move forward Protection for employees against mandatory vaccination policies
NJ A4009 6/28/2016 OPPOSE Introduced Require residential college students to receive meningitis vaccines according to ACIP recommendation
NJ A3968/S2332 6/28/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 6/20/16 and 6/9/2016, referred to Health and Senior Services Committee Requires rules be established concerning mandatory vaccines for health care facility vendors
NJ A2647 2/12/2016 OPPOSE Introduced and sent to the Health and Human Services Committee Mandate HPV Vaccines for students in grades six through 12
NJ A2727 2/9/2016 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/8/16 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Provides for a conscientious exemption to vaccination
NJ A1810 2/2/2016 OPPOSE Introduced 1/27/16, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Requires healthcare facilities to establish flu vaccination policies
NJ S801 1/15/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/12/16 and referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Restricts the religious belief exemption to vaccination in NJ
NY S6017/A8329 5/24/2016 OPPOSE S6017 referred to Senate Health Committee, A8329 in Assembly Health, not moving Eliminates the religious belief exemption in NY
NY A9055/S6794 2/25/2016 OPPOSE A9055 referred to Assembly Health, S6794 referred to Senate Health Mandates Vaccines for Employees Working in Children's Camps
NY S117A 1/21/2016 OPPOSE Amended and recommitted to Senate Health Committee, 1/20/16 Encourages HPV Vaccination through written educational materials and consultation
NY S378A 1/15/2016 SUPPORT Amended and recommitted to the Senate Health Committee on 1/13/2016 Extends the protections of the medical exemption from mandatory immunizations for students
NY S3899 1/10/2016 OPPOSE Referred to the Committee on Higher Education Allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children 9 and older
NY A8633 1/10/2016 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Assembly Health on 12/23/15 Mandatory flu vaccines for daycare
NY A7046/S3900 1/10/2016 WATCH Referred to the Committee on Higher Education Allows pharmacists to administer all vaccines to adults, expands standing orders during outbreaks
NY A7016/S4733 1/9/2016 OPPOSE Referred to the Health Committees Requires a physician signature in order to use a religious exemption to vaccination in NY
NY S 509A/ A 1822 1/9/2016 OPPOSE Referred to Senate and Assembly Health Committees 1/7/2016 Adds HPV Vaccine mandate for school children entering 6th grade in New York
NY S 2712/A 1528 1/7/2016 OPPOSE Referred to Senate and Assembly Health Committee HPV Vaccines for minors without parental consent or knowledge
NY S 3898 1/6/2016 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Health Committee Requires all vaccines administered to adults be entered into the tracking system
OH HB 564 6/17/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 5/12/2016 Eliminates the conscientious belief exemption, requires education for religious/medical exemptions
OH HB 170 4/22/2016 SUPPORT In the House Commerce and Labor Committee Prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against a person who chooses not to get a flu shot
OK SB 1478 2/24/2016 OPPOSE Died in Senate Education Committee Eliminates personal and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination
OK HB 3016 5/26/2016 SUPPORT Vetoed by the governor, 4/29/2016 Enacts the Parental Rights Immunization Act
PA SB 968/ HB 1785 6/20/2016 OPPOSE HB 1785 Passed full house; Referred to Senate Committee on Public Health & Welfare Requires information about flu vaccines be given to assisted living residents
PA SB 696 6/6/2016 OPPOSE Not moving Add new law stating strong moral and ethical convictions do not qualify as religious beliefs
PA SB 35 6/6/2016 OPPOSE Not moving Authorizes the Secretary of Health to allow persons to administer vaccines in a declared emergency
PA SB 407 6/6/2016 OPPOSE Not moving Comply with ACIP recommendations for flu vaccine for children, using schools to give flu vaccines
PA SB 797 6/6/2016 OPPOSE Not moving Mandates meningitis vaccine for 7th and 12th grade students
PA HB 883 6/3/2016 OPPOSE Not moving Eliminates the personal belief exemption in PA
RI HB 7899 4/10/2016 SUPPORT House Committee on Health, Education & Welfare recommended measure be held for further study; 4/6/16 Allows for exemptions to vaccines for non-casual contact, HPV Vaccine
RI S2295 4/3/2016 WATCH Senate Health and Human Services Committee recommended measure be held for further study on 3/31/16 Removes HPV Mandate, precludes requiring vaccines for diseases not transmittable in school
RI S2292 4/3/2016 SUPPORT Senate Health and Human Services Committee recommended measure be held for further study on 3/31/16 Adds personal belief exemption, removes HPV mandate, amends dept. of health authority
RI H7476 3/16/2016 WATCH House Health, Education & Welfare Committee recommended measure be held for further study on 3/16/16 Requires the dept. of health conduct a hearing prior to requiring vaccines
RI H7475 3/14/2016 WATCH House Health, Education & Welfare Committee recommended measure be held for further study on 3/16/16 Allows exemptions to vaccines for non-casual diseases transmitted by sexual contact
SC H 3204/ SB 278 5/26/2016 WATCH H 3204 Signed by Governor and effective on 4/21/16, Act 151 Enacts the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act
SD SB 28 3/1/2016 OPPOSE Signed by the governor on 2/29/2016 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines for Children Attending School
SD SB 108 2/10/2016 SUPPORT Died in the full senate on 2/9/16 Requires parental consent before a child under 8 can be administered a vaccine that contains mercury
TN HB 458/SB 513 5/24/2016 WATCH Signed by the governor 4/19, Pub. Ch. 841 effective 7/1/2016 Changes to vaccine requirements for college students
US HR 933/S.486 1/20/2016 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to committee, not moving Head Start on Vaccinations Act
US S.1921 1/4/2016 OPPOSE Introduced on 8/4/15 and referred to the US Senate Committee on Finance, not moving Vaccinate America's Children through Complete Information & Education Act of 2015
US HR 2232 1/4/2016 OPPOSE Introduced in US Congress on May 1, 2015, referred to the HECC, Subcommittee on Health, not moving Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015
US HR 6 1/4/2016 OPPOSE Passed US House, in Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions To accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of 21st century cures, and for other purposes
US S.1203, Sec.101 1/4/2016 OPPOSE Passed the Senate, Referred to House Committees A bill to Ensure Veterans Receive All ACIP Recommended Vaccines
UT HB 221 3/11/2016 OPPOSE Died, placed in the house file of bills not passed on 3/10/16 Requires completion of annual state mandated education for exemptions to vaccination
VA HB 1342 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Died Eliminates current religious exemption and restricts current medical exemption to vaccination
VA HB 313 3/8/2016 OPPOSE Approved by the Governor Expands the list of health care providers who can administer vaccines
VA HB 209 3/8/2016 WATCH Passed full House on 2/12/16; Passed full Senate on 3/4/16 Makes technical changes to existing vaccine law concerning college students
WA SB 5143 4/6/2016 OPPOSE Signed by the governor on 3/31/2016 Education for expecting parents regarding recommended vaccines
WI AB924 4/16/2016 OPPOSE Failed to pass the Assembly Committee on Health; died in committee Eliminates the personal conviction exemption to vaccination
WV SB 276 4/22/2016 OPPOSE Died, failed to move forward Flu vaccine mandate for health care workers

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