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Adds a personal belief exemption to vaccination

Location: RI
Title: Adds a personal belief exemption to vaccination
Identifier: SB 47
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move forward in 2017


UPDATE: 4/6/2017 - SB 47 has not had any activity since being introduced.  The RI legislative session is estimated to adjourn on 6/30/2017.  However, bills can carry over from odd-numbered to even-numbered years.

SB 47 was introduced on 1/18/2017 and referred to the Senate Health & Human Services.  This bill is sponsored by Senators Raptakis, and Morgan.  

This bill would do the following:

Add a personal belief exemption to vaccination in Rhode Island.  

Add a provision that no person shall be required to be immunized for human papillomavirus (HPV) as a condition of entering or inclusion in any public or private school or university in this state.

Add a provision that the department of health shall only set minimum standards for those diseases which are transmissible in a school environment.

Require the director of the department of health to conduct a minimum of three public hearings whenever a change to the minimum standards for immunizations is proposed.

 - text of S 47