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Establishes a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination

Location: MS
Title: Establishes a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination
Identifier: HB 1439
Stance: SUPPORT
Action Required: Contact your legislators and ask them to support HB 1439
Status: Died in Committee on 1/31/2017

Description:

UPDATE 2/1/2017: HB 1439 died in Committee on 1/31/2017.

HB 1439 was introduced on 1/16/2017 and referred to the House Education and Health and Human Services Committees. This bill's main sponsor is Rep. Mark Formby.  

This bill would add a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination in MS by adding the following new law:

(3)  (a)  A certificate of exemption from vaccination for conscientious beliefs may be submitted to the school on behalf of a child by the child's parent or guardian.

 (b)  To claim an exemption from a required vaccination for conscientious beliefs, the parent or a guardian of the child must complete an affidavit on an exemption form provided by the State Department of Health.  The affidavit must be signed by the parent or guardian and the affidavit must be notarized.

 (c)  A blank exemption form for conscientious beliefs may be obtained by the parent or guardian by submitting a written request for the exemption form to the State Department of Health or the county health department or by downloading the exemption form from the website of the State Department of Health.

(d)  The exemption form for conscientious beliefs must contain a statement indicating that the parent or guardian understands the benefits and risks of vaccinations and the benefits and risks of not being vaccinated.  In addition, it must contain a section where the parent or guardian can list the specific vaccination or vaccinations for which the exemption applies.  The completed and notarized exemption form shall expire one (1) year from the date signed by the parent or guardian.  The parent or guardian must submit a new form every school calendar year for which they are claiming an exemption from vaccination requirements for conscientious beliefs.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2017/pdf/history/HB/HB1439.xml - text, status and history