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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.  

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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
AR SB 301 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Passed the Senate; passed house committees on 2/23/17 Allows the health dept. to share personal information in the immunization registry
AR HB 1043 1/12/2017 OPPOSE Withdrawn by the sponsor on 1/11/2017 Eliminates religious and philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination
AZ SB 1509 2/3/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the Senate Committees on Education and Rules on 2/1/2017 Requires public and charter schools to post vaccination rates on their website
AZ SB 1268 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Committees Rules and HHS Requires parents to have their natural born children vaccinated in order to be a foster parent
CT SB 439 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Public Health 2/22/17 Expands the vaccine registry/tracking system to include up to age 18, require reports
CT HB 7059 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in Joint Committee on Children, Tues., 2/21 Requires parents using a religious belief exemption to participate in a state education program
CT SB 840 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Public Health, Wed. 2/22/17 Requires the Dept. of Public Health to release annual immunization rates of all schools
CT HB 6971 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the Joint Committee on Health 1/26/2017 Requires state mandated education in order to use a religious belief exemption to vaccination
CT HB 6485 1/24/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/23/2017 and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health Expand the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include all children up to age 18
CT HB 6700 1/24/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health 1/24/2017 Mandates annual flu vaccines for child care providers
CT HB 6016 1/21/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/19/17 and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health Provides local health directors with real-time access to the immunization registry/tracking system
CT HB 7172 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Joint Public Health Committee 2/23/2017 Mandates meningitis vaccines for 12th grade students
GA HB 198 2/18/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full House on 2/16/2017 Requires school districts to provide information about flu vaccines
HI HB 676 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for decision making on Wednesday, 3/1/17 Allows pharmacists to administer HPV Vaccine to children
HI HB 779 1/26/2017 SUPPORT Referred to House Committees on Health and Judiciary on 1/25/17 Establishes a philosophical belief exemption to vaccination, allows for in house quarantine
IA SF 138/HF 268 2/12/2017 OPPOSE SF 138 to Senate Education Subcommittee 1/27, HF 268 to House Education Committee 2/9 Requires school districts to conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
IA HF 261 2/10/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/9/2017 assigned to sub committee Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination in Iowa
IA HF 7 2/8/2017 SUPPORT Passed subcommittee, failed to move out of full committee Adds a personal conviction exemption to vaccination
IA SF 116 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/24/17 and referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee Requires the signature of a religious leader for a religious belief exemption to vaccination
ID HB 91 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Died on 3rd reading in the House Expands the Idaho Immunization Information System/vaccine tracking system
ID SB 1081 2/22/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full Senate on 2/21/2017 Extends the Idaho Assessment Board for two more years
ID SB 1050 2/9/2017 SUPPORT Referred to the Senate Committee on Health & Welfare on 2/8/17 Clarifies parents can submit their own statement of exemption for religious or other grounds
IL HB 679 2/24/2017 WATCH Passed the full House on 2/23/2017 Requires the health dept. to develop an informational flyer on meningococcal disease
IL SB 2043 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/10/2017 and referred to Assignments Requires the addition of males to HPV Vaccine programs and required information
IL SB 741 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Hearing scheduled for 2/15/17 in the Senate Committee on Public Health postponed Mandates flu vaccines for health care personnel
IN HB 1540 2/22/2017 OPPOSE Passed House Public Health Committee and 2nd reading Expands authority of pharmacists to administer vaccines via standing orders issued by the state
IN HB 1069 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House on 1/31/2017, referred to Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services Mandates meningitis vaccines for college students
IN SB 51 1/30/2017 OPPOSE Passed full Senate on 1/30/17, to be considered in the House next Adds new vaccines that pharmacists can administer to children without consent in an emergency
IN SB 339 1/12/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services Mandates meningitis vaccine for college students
IN SB 133 1/5/2017 OPPOSE Referred to Committee on Health & Provider Services, first reading on 1/4 Mandates vaccines for hospital workers
KS HB 2205 2/24/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full House on 2/23/17 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines
KS HB 2121 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House; referred to Senate Committee on Public Health & Welfare 2/21/17 Requires all vaccines administered to be reported to the vaccine registry/tracking system
KS HB 2030 2/16/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House on 2/14/17; referred to Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare on 2/15/17 Allows pharmacists to administer any vaccine to children 6 years or older
KY SB 101 2/24/2017 WATCH Passed the full Senate on 2/22/17 Expands current law allowing pharmacist to administer vaccines to children to include 9 to 17 years
KY HB 147 2/9/2017 OPPOSE Passed the House Committee on Health & Family Services on 2/9/17 Mandates vaccines for college students
MA H.1179 2/24/2017 WATCH Introduced and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health on 2/23/2017 Allows parents and individuals to opt-out of the vaccine tracking system
MA SD 1509 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Filed on 1/20/2017 Expands the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include vision screening
MD HB 1262 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the House Health and Government Operations Committee, 3/9/2017 Expands existing law that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to include children 5 and up
MD HB 1481 2/16/2017 OPPOSE Hearing scheduled in the House Health and Government Operations Committee 3/10/2017 Requires all primary care providers to push all vaccines to adolescents, document parental refusal
ME LD 272/HP 205 2/9/2017 OPPOSE LD 272 was withdrawn on 2/8/17 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for 11 to 20 year olds
ME LD 456/HP 323 2/7/2017 WATCH Introduced and Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development 2/7/2017 Allows pharmacists to administer all ACIP recommended vaccines to children 11 and older
ME LD 161/HP 119 1/21/2017 WATCH Introduced and referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services 1/19/17 Removes the Secretary of State from the Maine Vaccine Board
MN SF 1129 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee on 2/20/2017 Allows minors to consent to HPV Vaccine
MN HF 96/SF 143 1/16/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to House Health & Human Services Reform & Senate Health and Human Services Changes conscientious belief exemption to personal belief exemption, requires physician statement
MO SB 117 2/1/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held in Senate Health and Pensions Committee on 1/18/17 Mandates flu vaccines for employees and volunteers of health services facilities
MO HB 332 1/5/2017 WATCH Introduced 1/4/2017 Restricts the use of vaccines containing foreign human DNA
MO HB 331 1/5/2017 WATCH Introduced 1/4/2017 Restricts use of vaccines containing metal preservatives
MS HB 1439 2/1/2017 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Establishes a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination
MS HB 88 2/1/2017 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Establishes the right of adults to determine whether to receive any vaccine, provides protections
MS SB 2636/HB 1457 2/1/2017 SUPPORT HB 14 57 died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Provides for religious and philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination
MS HB 1068 2/1/2017 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Eliminates the requirement that hospitals administer hepatitis b vaccine to newborns
MS HB 1456 2/1/2017 SUPPORT Died in Committee on 1/31/2017 Expands and protects medical exemptions to vaccination in MS
MT HB 293 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held on 2/1/2017, audio available, currently tabled in committee Changes vaccine registry/tracking system from opt-in to opt-out
MT HB 177 2/16/2017 OPPOSE Passed full House and Senate, Returned to House on 2/15/2017 Adds pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to the list of vaccines pharmacists can administer
NE LB267 1/18/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/11/17, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee on 1/13/17 Requires nursing facilities to offer employees and residents flu vaccines unless contraindicated
NH HB 361 2/16/2017 SUPPORT Referred to House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee, Executive Session on 2/22/17 Removes the authority of the health dept. commissioner to adopt rules on child vaccines
NH HB 362 1/18/2017 SUPPORT Referred to the House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee, Hearing on 1/24/17 Prohibits school vaccine requirements for diseases noncommunicable in schools including hepatitis b
NJ A4009/S3010 2/12/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Mandates residential college students receive meningitis vaccines according to ACIP recommendation
NJ A169 1/5/2017 WATCH Introduced on 1/27/2016 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, not moving Makes changes to exemptions to vaccination
NJ A520 1/5/2017 SUPPORT Introduced 1/27/2016 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Exempts children under 6 from hepatitis b vaccine requirement if the mother tests negative
NJ A2647 1/5/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and sent to the Health and Human Services Committee Mandates HPV Vaccines for students in grades six through 12
NV AB 200 2/22/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in Assembly Health and Human Services Committee 2/24/2017 Requires parents be informed if any child in the school has an exemption to vaccination
NY A2469 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/20/2017 and referred to the Assembly Health Committee Allows health care practitioners to administer HPV/Hep B Vaccines to minors without parental consent
NY S2955/A3912 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House and Senate Education Committees Requires school district reporting vaccine exemptions by school to Education Department for public
NY S3941/A3899 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/30/17 and referred to Health Committees Adds lead blood testing data to the vaccine registry/tracking system
NY S3546 1/25/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Senate Health Committee on 1/24/2017 Requires a physician signature for a religious belief exemption to vaccination
NY S52, A1810 1/16/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Senate and Assembly Health Committee Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination
NY A680 1/16/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health Allows detention of individuals and groups posing a public health threat
NY A439 1/12/2017 OPPOSE Introduced 1/9/2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health Expands forced detainment and treatment to include vaccine preventable diseases
NY A1230 1/12/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/11/17 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health Mandates flu vaccine for children attending daycare
NY A933 1/11/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health Mandates HPV Vaccine
NY A738 1/11/2017 OPPOSE Introduced 1/9/2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health Mandates vaccines for employees working in children's camps
NY S1043 1/7/2017 WATCH Introduced on 1/6/2017 and referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee Allows pharmacy interns to administer vaccines
NY S163 1/5/2017 SUPPORT Introduced 1/4/2017 and referred to Senate Health Committee Strengthens and expands existing medical exemptions to vaccination
NY S570 1/5/2017 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee on 1/4/2017 Allows pharmacist to administer flu vaccines to children 9 years and older
NY S601 1/5/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/4/2017 and referred to Senate Health Committee Requires a mandatory protocol be established for all children's religious belief exemptions
NY S132 1/4/2017 OPPOSE Prefiled and referred to Senate Health 1/4/2017 Mandates HPV Vaccine
NY S44 12/29/2016 OPPOSE Prefiled and referred to the Senate Health Committee 1/4/2017 Makes changes to existing law concerning reporting of adult vaccines
OK SB 725 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Passed the Senate Committee on Education as amended on 2/13/2017 Requires school districts to report exemptions, gives Health and Ed Dept. rule making authority
OK SB 831 2/3/2017 SUPPORT Second reading on 2/7/2017 and referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Requires parental notification of exemptions by school boards, amends current quarantine law
OK HB 1386/SB 808 2/3/2017 SUPPORT SB 808: Second reading on 2/7/2017 and referred to Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Enacts the Parental Rights Vaccine Act
OK SB 632 2/3/2017 OPPOSE Second reading on 2/7/2017 and referred to Senate Committee on Education Requires students in state care to be vaccinated with no exemptions
OK SB 177 2/3/2017 SUPPORT Second reading on 2/7/2017 and referred to Senate Committee on Education Requires notification of available exemptions to vaccination be given to parents by school boards
OK SB 83 1/5/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/4/2017, first reading 2/6/2017 Eliminates conscientious and religious belief exemptions to vaccination
OR SB 274 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Education on 2/28/2017 Mandates information be given to college students concerning vaccines
OR SB 687 2/7/2017 SUPPORT Referred to the Senate Committees on Human Services and Health Care on 2/6/2017 Clarifies in state law that not vaccinating or delaying vaccination is not child abuse
OR SB 579 1/17/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/9/17; Referred to Senate Committee on Health Care on 1/17/17 Adds new informed consent requirements for health care providers administering vaccines to children
OR SB 580 1/17/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/9/17; Referred to Senate Committee on Health Care on 1/17/17 Requires vaccine providers to inform parents of vaccines required for school and of exemptions
OR SB 848 2/23/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/23/2017 Prevents employers from requiring a vaccine as a condition of employment
PA SB 217 1/26/2017 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/26/2017 and referred to the Senate Education Committee Eliminates exemptions for strong moral and ethical convictions
RI SB 47 1/24/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/18/2017 Adds a personal belief exemption to vaccination
SD HB 1043 1/24/2017 OPPOSE Tabled in Committee on Health and Human Services, died Allows Pharmacists to administer vaccines, sets up new board to adopt rules pertaining to vaccines
TN HB 272 2/13/2017 SUPPORT Withdrawn on 2/8/2017 Concerning a statement of religious exemption for meningococcal vaccine for college students
TN HB 1002/SB 393 2/12/2017 SUPPORT Introduced, SB 393 referred to Senate Education Committee Concerning vaccine requirements for high school students attending college classes
TN HB 388/SB 598 2/8/2017 OPPOSE Introduced 2/2/2017 and 2/8/2017 Requires schools to provide information on flu and flu vaccines every school year
TX SB 1010/HB 2249 2/23/2017 OPPOSE Filed on 2/22/2017 REQUIRES reporting of vaccine exemptions by schools, school districts and the Dept. of Health
TX HB 1070 2/22/2017 SUPPORT Referred to House Committee on Public Health on 2/21/2017 PROHIBITS health care providers from refusing to treat patients who refuse vaccination
TX HB 126 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/13/2017 RESTRICTS conscientious/religious exemptions, requires completion of education module and adds fee
TX HB 107 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/13/2017 REQUIRES the health dept. to produce an annual report on HPV Vaccine statistics for every TX county
TX HB 97 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/14/2017 ELIMINATES parental consent by allowing child consent to HPV vaccine as cancer prevention treatment
TX HB 243 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/13/2017 REMOVES current protection in law for consent before any information is put into the registry
TX HB 120 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/13/2017 REMOVES conscientious and religious belief exemption language, replaces with non-medical
TX HB 241 2/15/2017 OPPOSE Referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/13/2017 RESTRICTS conscientious/religious exemptions, requires health care practitioner counselling
TX SB 431 2/7/2017 WATCH Introduced and referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services on 1/6/2017 ALLOWS advanced practice registered nurses to sign medical exemptions
TX HB 1124 1/20/2017 SUPPORT Filed on 1/18/2017 REQUIRES the health dept. to make exemption affidavits available on their website and in schools
TX HB 1029 1/17/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/13/2017 ADDS additional informed consent requirements for health care providers administering vaccines
TX SB 54 11/25/2016 OPPOSE Referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services on 1/24/17 REMOVES current protection in law for consent before any information is put into the registry
UT HB 310 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Passed House Health and Human Services Committee, waiting 3rd reading in the house Creates the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System
UT HB 309 2/21/2017 WATCH Passed the House Health and Human Services Committee on 2/17/2017 Amends vaccination and exemption requirements for schools
UT HB 308 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Passed House Health and Human Services Committee Requires vaccine education module for exemptions not obtained from local health depts
VA HB 1533 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Subcommittee Failed to recommend reporting 1/24/2017. Mandates meningitis vaccine for students before entering sixth grade
VA SB 1519 1/31/2017 OPPOSE Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) 1/26/2017 Mandates meningitis vaccine for students before entering sixth grade
VA SB 1028 1/19/2017 OPPOSE Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health on 1/19/2017 Requires posting of immunization rates by schools
VT H247 2/16/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/14/2017 and referred to the Committee on Health Requires the Dept. of Health to submit reports to the General Assembly on adverse vaccine reactions
WA HB 1432/SB 5353 2/21/2017 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing in House Appropriations on 2/22/2017 Expands and funds public health services
WA HB 2092 2/13/2017 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee 2/13/2017 Clarifies what the health dept. can and can't put on an exemption form, removes restrictive language
WA HB 2090 2/13/2017 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee 2/13/2017 Requires reviewing full health history & the package insert for the vaccine before administration
WA HB 1641 2/13/2017 OPPOSE Passed House Judiciary Committee on 2/9/17, referred to rules Allows school nurses and counselors to consent to vaccination for homeless youth
WV SB 359 2/22/2017 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/21/2017 and referred to Senate Health and Human Resources and Judiciary Establishes religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination for students and employees

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