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Advocacy Guide

A Guide to Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law

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.
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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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Bills to Watch



State Bill
Number
Date
Posted
Position Status Title
AL HB 76 3/15/2018 OPPOSE Forwarded to Governor on 3/15/2018. Requires religious daycares/preschools to give Dept. of Human Services vaccine records on request
AL HB 60/ SB 45 3/8/2018 OPPOSE HB 60 Passed the house committee; SB 45 was enrolled on 2/27 Requires daycare providers to provide parents with information on flu and flu vaccines annually
AZ SB 1358 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/24/2018, not active Requires public and charter schools to post exemption information
AZ SB 1383 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/25/2018, not active Requires foster parents to vaccinate their natural and adoptive children to be licensed
CA AB 1992 4/19/2018 WATCH Referred to Appropriations Suspense File on 4/18/18 Changes to immunization requirements for CalWORKs benefit program
CA AB 2668 4/14/2018 WATCH Amended and re-referred to Assembly Committee on Education/Health Removes private schools from immunization requirements, etablishes a grant program
CA SB 1325 4/7/2018 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing on 4/18/18 in the Senate Health Committee Establishes the right of self quarantine at home in lieu of mandated vaccines and drugs
CT SB 216 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Hearing held on 3/5/2018 in the Joint Committee on Public Health Allows minors to consent to HPV and other STD Vaccines without parental consent or knowledge
CT SB 363 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Education with a substitute on 3/23/2018 Requires the State Board of Education to define immunization records absence
FL SB 1182 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Died, withdrawn from further consideration 1/11/2018 Requires schools to distribute information on HPV Vaccine to parents of 6th grade students
FL CS/CS/HB 1047 3/12/2018 OPPOSE Died, indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on 3/10/2018 Forced vaccine tracking of your family
FL CS/CS/SB 1680 (also see CS/HB 1045) 3/12/2018 OPPOSE Died in Education after passing Senate Health Policy Committee Forced vaccine tracking of your family
FL CS/CS/HB 1045 (also see CS/SB 1680) 3/12/2018 OPPOSE Died indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on 3/10/2018 Forced vaccine tracking of your family
FL SB 1558/ HB 1343 3/12/2018 OPPOSE Died indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on 3/10/2018 Adds HPV Mandate to the list of vaccines required for school
FL HB 41/SB 444 3/12/2018 WATCH HB 41 passed with offensive vaccine language removed Establishes pregnancy support program
GA HR 240 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Committee issued final report, including vaccine recommendations Creates a House Study Committee to address barriers to health care, including vaccine issues
HI HB 779 4/7/2018 SUPPORT Carried over from 2017, referred to House Committees on Health and Judiciary on 1/17/2018,not moving Establishes a philosophical belief exemption to vaccination, allows for in house quarantine
HI HB 1951 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to IAC and CPC Committees, not moving Requires Dental Hygienists to get a Hepatitis B Vaccine
HI SB 3061/HB 2622 4/5/2018 SUPPORT Died, HB 2622 deferred and SB 3061 failed to move forward Requires written informed consent before vaccines can be administered
HI HCR 157/HR 107 4/5/2018 SUPPORT Passed out of HHS Committee, referred to FIN Committee Encourages the Health Dept. to communicate with the CDC regarding immunzation data
HI HB 1950 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Passed the full House on 3/2/2018, referred to Senate CPH Committee Mandates reporting to registry by pharmacists, expands authority to include standing orders
IA HF 2099 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/24/2018 Allows pharmacists to administer meningitis vaccines to children over 6
IA HF 2293 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/8/2018 Requires school districts fo conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
ID SB 1227 4/7/2018 SUPPORT Died, failed to move forward Clarifies exemptions to vaccinations for school and daycare do not have to be on a state form
ID HB 393 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Enacted, Session Law Chapter 32, effective 7/1/2018 Extends and amends the Idaho Immunization Assessment Board
ID HB 494 4/7/2018 WATCH Died, passed the house but failed to move in the senate Requires signed verification concerning vaccine exemptions and registry information
IL SB 2866 4/19/2018 OPPOSE On the calendar for 3rd reading by the full Senate Requires the addition of males to HPV Vaccine programs and required information
IL HB 4475/SB 2654 4/18/2018 OPPOSE Amendment 2 of SB 2654 passed on 4/17/2018, pending votes by full senate and house Requires school boards provide information on flu and flu vaccines
IL HB 2984 4/7/2018 SUPPORT Amended in the Senate on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 10, 2018 Amends current flu vaccine law that states a health care employee may decline for religous beliefs
IN SB 18 4/7/2018 SUPPORT Died, failed to move forward Requires schools to inform parents of their right to exemptions from vaccine requirements
IN HB 1058 3/20/2018 OPPOSE Signed by the Governor on 3/15/2018, Public Law 110 Requires residents of housing with services be given flu and flu vaccine information
KS HB 2121 5/10/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move out of committee in 2017 Requires all vaccines administered to be reported to the vaccine registry/tracking system
KS HB 2205 5/10/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move out of committee in 2017 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines for children 11 and 16 years old
LA HB 74 4/20/2018 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare on 4/18/2018 Requires schools to give information to parents on flu and flu vaccines
LA HB 176 4/20/2018 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare 4/18/2018 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for students entering 11th grade
LA HCR51 6/8/2017 OPPOSE Passed, delivered to the Secretary of State 6/8/2017 Requests the health dept. to adopt rules requiring reporting of vaccine information
MA HD2179/H.2440 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Health referred to Health Care Financing 3/9 Requires hospitals to offer flu vaccines to patients 65 and older before discharge
MA H3224/S1219 4/7/2018 OPPOSE Passed Committee on Public Health, referred to Committee on Health Care Financing, 4/2/2018 Expands the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include vision screening
MA H.1179 12/18/2017 WATCH Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Public Health on 10/17/17 Allows parents and individuals to opt-out of the vaccine tracking system
MD HB 1690 /SB 1186 2/21/2018 WATCH Introduced and referred to House and Senate Rules Committees Requires information be given to parents and individuals concerning HPV Vaccines
ME LD 1664 4/8/2018 OPPOSE Enacted, signed by the governor 3/7/18, Chapter 32, effective 3/7/18 Legislative review of rule that added meningitis vaccine mandate for 7th and 12th grade students
ME LD 456/HP 323 8/5/2017 WATCH Died, failed to move out of the Senate Allows pharmacists to administer all ACIP recommended vaccines to children 11 and older
MI HB 5162/HB 5163 4/8/2018 SUPPORT Hearing held 11/30/2017 Removes authority of the health dept. to adopt rules for age, doses and new vaccines
MI HB 4425 4/8/2018 SUPPORT Hearing held 5/25/2017 Restricts health dept. from adopting/enforcing additional requirements for vaccine exemptions
MI HB 4426 4/8/2018 SUPPORT Hearing held on 5/25/2017 Requires the health dept. to comply with state law only on vaccine exemptions
MN SF 3977/ HF 4406 4/17/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 4/16/2018 and referred to Senate E-12 Policy and House Education Innovation Policy Eliminates conscientious belief exemption to vaccination
MN HF 2379/SF 1994 4/8/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 3/9/17 and 3/13/17 Allows minors to consent to HPV Vaccines
MN SF 1129/HF 2469 4/8/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 3/20/2017 Allows minors to consent to HPV Vaccines
MN HF 96/SF 143 4/8/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/17 and 1/17/17 Changes conscientious belief exemption to personal belief exemption, requires physician statement
MN HF 2005 4/8/2018 SUPPORT Introduced 3/2/2017 Requires healthcare providers administering vaccines to provide informed consent to patients/parents
MN SF 2660 4/8/2018 WATCH Withdrawn and returned to author on 3/1/2018 Establishes a restricted exemption to mandatory flu vaccines for employees
MO SB 776/SB 826 4/18/2018 OPPOSE SB 826 is on the calendar for 3rd reading by the full house Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children 7 and older, or according to CDC
MO HB 1560 4/8/2018 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/3/2018 Prohibits discrimination against children who are not vaccinated
MO SB 741 4/8/2018 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/3/2018 Establishes new law that no child or adult shall be administered a vaccine containing mercury
MO SB 760 4/8/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/3/2018 Mandatory flu vaccines for employees and volunteers in all inspected facilities
MO SB 986 3/29/2018 OPPOSE Voted Do Pass S Seniors, Families and Children Committee on 3/28 Requires school boards provide information on flu and flu vaccines
MO HB 2139 3/13/2018 WATCH Reported do pass on 3/13/2018 Repeals and reenacts current law on daycare exemptions, adds new section for homeless children
MS HB 414 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Prohibits Hepatitis B vaccination at birth unless parents request it
MS HB 1505 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination
MS HB 146 1/31/2018 OPPOSE Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Creates program to decrease disparities in disease prevention, including adult and child vaccines
MS SB 2059 1/31/2018 WATCH Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Adds philosophical and religious belief exemptions to vaccination for school children
MS SB 2057 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Directs the State Health Officer to require vaccine information statements be given
MS HB 47 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Allows adults to deny vaccines, provides protection, adds philosophical exemption for 1st responders
NE LR 147 7/5/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 session, bills carry over from odd to even Interim study concerning mandatory reporting of vaccines to the tracking system, NESIIS
NH HB 1503 4/11/2018 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of committee Allows minors 16 and older to consent to all medical procedures, including vaccines
NH HB 1617 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Died, committee voted inexpedient to legislate Adds definitions for vaccine/vaccination into communicable disease law
NH HB 1367 3/7/2018 SUPPORT Died, failed to pass the full house Makes Technical Correction to Vaccine Requirements to Reflect Passage of HB 362 Last Session
NH SB 381 2/20/2018 SUPPORT Died 2/15/2018 Eliminates Hepatitis B Vaccine Requirement
NJ A3818/S2173 4/10/2018 OPPOSE A3818 passed Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on 4/5/18, S2173 introduced 3/5/18 Retricts the religous belief exemption to vaccination
NJ A3587/S634 4/3/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Health Committees Forced vaccination of health care industry vendors with only very limited medical exemptions
NJ A2397 2/5/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/1/2018 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Allows the Commissioner of Health to adopt rules for mandatory vaccination of healthcare vendors
NJ A1991/S941 1/17/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Senate Higher Education Committee on 1/16/2018 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines as recommended by ACIP for residential students at 4 year colleges
NJ A1847 1/16/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2018 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Mandates HPV Vaccines for students in grades six through 12
NY S6141D/A8123B 4/18/2018 SUPPORT Amended and recommitted to Senate and Assembly Committee on Education Allows parents to use a religious belief exemption form
NY A9507 4/14/2018 OPPOSE Signed by the governor, Chapter 57 Allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children 2 and up, mandates reporting
NY S1043A/A2857A 1/4/2018 WATCH A2857A amended and recommitted to Higher Ed, S1043A passed the senate 6/15/2017 Allows pharmacy interns to administer vaccines
NY S3941/A3899A 1/4/2018 OPPOSE Referred to codes on 1/3/2018 Expands vaccine tracking system to release blood lead levels to schools
NY S2955/A3912 1/3/2018 OPPOSE A3912 referred to Assembly Education Committee on 1/3/2018 Requires school district reporting vaccine exemptions by school to Education Department for public
OH HB 559 4/8/2018 OPPOSE Scheduled for first hearing with sponsor introduction on 4/11/2018 Mandates state form for exemptions, requires health care provider signature for all exemptions
OH HB 193 9/20/2017 SUPPORT Re-referred to House Health Committee on 9/19/2017 Provides protections for employees who refuse a flu vaccination
OK HB 2623 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Referred to House Common Education Committee on 2/6/2018 Requires legislative approval for changes to the list of vaccines required for school
OK SB 1551 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Introduced 1/18/2018 Enacts the Parental Rights Immunization Act
OK HB 2627 4/11/2018 WATCH Introduced on 1/17/2018 Allows employers to adopt reasonable alternative policies to flu vaccine requirements
OK HB 2684 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/17/2018 Requires written consent at the time of vaccination before a newborn infant can be vaccinated
OK SB 1432 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Introduced 1/18/2018 Removes ability of Dept. of Human Services to vaccinate children in protective custody
OK HB 3444 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Passed House Public Health Committee on 2/27/2018 Restricts managed care entities concerning vaccine protocols, incentives and penalties
OK SJR 57 4/11/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/17/2018 and referred to Rules Committee on 2/6/2018 Senate resolution to put eliminating all non-medical exemptions on the next general election ballot
OK HB 2624 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Amended and passed the House Public Health Committee on 2/20/2018 Provides religious belief exemptions to required vaccines for employees of health care facilities
OK HB 3442 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Referred to House Judiciary Committee on 2/6/2018 Allows exemptions for children in Kinship and foster care homes
OK SB 1220/HB 3288 4/5/2018 OPPOSE SB 1220 scheduled for hearing in the House Health Services Long-Term Care Committee on 4/11/18 Requires assisted living centers to annually provide flu information to residents
OK SB 1123 2/28/2018 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 2/26/2018 Eliminates all exemptions to vaccination except for restrictive medical
OR HB 4157 4/10/2018 OPPOSE Died, failed to move out of committee Mandates meningitis vaccines for 10 and 11 year olds
PA HB 2037 1/30/2018 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee on 1/25/2018 Requires schools to give vaccine exemption information to parents
PA SB 217 4/5/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee on 1/26/2017 Eliminates exemptions for strong moral and ethical convictions
RI H7882/S2530 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Died, H7882 recommended be held for further study, S2530 failed to have a hearing Forces adults into the vaccine tracking/health database system
RI H7704 4/5/2018 SUPPORT Died, recommended be held for further study 3/28/2018 Requires vaccine providers to obtain written consent
RI H7576/S2405 4/5/2018 SUPPORT Died, H7576 held for further study, S2405 failed to have a hearing Allows parents and adults to refuse vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases
RI H 7686 4/5/2018 SUPPORT Died, recommended be held for further study on 3/28/2018 Establishes a personal and philosophical exemption to vaccination
RI HB 7569 4/5/2018 OPPOSE Died, recommended be held for further study 3/28/2018 Requires all hospitals to offer flu vaccines to all patients 65 and older before discharge
TN HB 2488/SB 2482 3/8/2018 SUPPORT HB 2488 waiting to be heard by the Health Subcommittee, SB 2482 put on calendar for 3/7/2018 Requires vaccine providers give information on vaccine ingredients, side-affects and VAERS
US H.R. 1313 12/26/2017 OPPOSE Reported out of the Committee on Education and the Workforce Forcing Vaccination in Employee "Wellness" Programs
US H.R. 1215 7/19/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full house on 6/28/2017, in the senate Adding Even More Liability Shielding for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths
VA HB 644 2/1/2018 OPPOSE Died in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Sub Committee #3 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for students before entering 6th grade
VT H247 6/19/2017 SUPPORT In House Health Care Committee for 2018 session Requires the Dept. of Health to submit reports to the General Assembly on adverse vaccine reactions
WA HB 2092 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Died, failed to move Clarifies what the health dept. can and can't put on an exemption form, removes restrictive language
WA HB 2090 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Died, failed to move Requires reviewing full health history & the package insert for the vaccine before administration
WI SB 567/AB 657 4/11/2018 OPPOSE Died, failed to move Forbids the state from requiring information not defined as medically accurate be given to patients
WI AB 680/SB 576 4/11/2018 OPPOSE Died, failed to move Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children under 6 years old
WV HB 2945/SB 330 4/11/2018 SUPPORT Died, failed to move Establishes religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination for students and employees
WV SB 318/HB 4581 4/11/2018 OPPOSE Died, failed to move Forces all healthcare workers to get a flu shot every year

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