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Eliminate non medical exemptions to vaccination

Location: OR
Title: Eliminate non medical exemptions to vaccination
Identifier: SB 442
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died

Description:

UPDATE: 3/11/2015 - According to the Statesman Journal,  "Oregon legislators are backing off a proposal that would have made it tougher for school children to opt out of vaccinations. Instead, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward said Wednesday she will propose a different policy that would encourage more school children to get vaccinated but continue to allow nonmedical exemptions." 

The article also says that Senator Steiner Hayward is considering a proposal to require parents who want to claim a nonmedical exemption to be educated on the risks of vaccine avoidance from their child's primary care provider. The online video modules, produced by the Oregon Health Authority, would no longer be an option to satisfy the education requirement.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2015/03/11/senator-drops-vaccine-mandate-bill/70152454/ - news article

UPDATE: 3/4/2015 - SB 442 has been removed from the agenda for the work session in the Senate Committee on Health Care for March 9th.  Keep contacting your State Senator and urge them to oppose SB 442. 

UPDATE: 2/27/2015 - The informational hearing that was scheduled for March 9, 2015 has been cancelled.  According to a news article in the Statesman Journal, The March 9 meeting will only take invited testimony from constitutional law experts who will weigh in on the legality of SB 442, she said. During a work session, committee members can tweak the bill as well as vote on it. 


UPDATE: 2/22/2015

Dear Oregon NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Thank you to all who came to testify against the S442 on Wednesday.  Our suspicions were confirmed, and an amendment was offered in committee to eliminate the exemption altogether. The language is disturbingly pro-forced vaccination with no acknowledgement of risks or deference to informed consent. This is called the “-3” amendment and the text can be viewed here:







https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/ProposedAmendments/SB442

Video of the hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care is available here -http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=8215 

Here is a link to all the testimony and materials submitted to the committee:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Exhibits/SB442 























Watch this excerpted video clip from the hearing when the sponsor of SB 442 addresses why she has the right to informed consent while parents who don't vaccinate according to the schedule don't.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMHk5aryn30&feature=youtu.be  The original article referenced by the attorney and in this video is available here - http://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20120502steinerhayward.html 

An informational hearing on SB 442 is scheduled for March 9, 2015.  Please plan on being there.http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/health/2015/02/18/oregonians-debate-proposed-immunization-mandate/23653255/ - news article about the hearing

Continue to contact your Oregon State Representative and Senator and ask them to OPPOSE SB 442. It is very important for this legislation to be stopped.

Also contact the following members of the Senate Committee on Health Care and tell them your personal stories why rejecting this bill is important to your family.  More talking points are available on the NVIC Advocacy Portal at http://NVICAdvocacy.org on the Oregon State Team Page.

Senator Chip Shields































Democrat - District 22 - Portland































Capitol Phone: 503-986-1722    District Phone: 503-231-2564































Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-421, Salem, Oregon 97301































District Address: 2104 NE 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97213































Email: Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us































Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/shieldsc

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson































Democrat - District 25 - Gresham































Capitol Phone: 503-986-1725































Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-413, Salem, Oregon 97301































Email: Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us































Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/monnesanderson

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward































Democrat - District 17 - NW Portland/Beaverton































Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717































Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-215, Salem, Oregon 97301































Email: Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us































Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/steinerhayward

Thank you to all in Oregon stepping up to the plate to fight.  Please encourage others to sign up for the NVICAdvocacy Portal and to login often to check for bill status information and action updates.  We need a lot more people speaking up.

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team































National Vaccine Information Center































http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org































https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Members/ContactUs.aspx

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) works diligently to prepare and disseminate our legislative advocacy action alerts and supporting materials.  We request that organizations and members of the public forward our alerts in their original form to assure consistent and accurate messaging and effective action. Please acknowledge NVIC as originators of this work when forwarding to members of the public and like-minded organizations. To receive alerts immediately, register  at http://NVICAdvocacy.org, a website dedicated to this sole purpose and provided as a free public service by NVIC. 

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UPDATE: 2/19/2015 -  Video of the hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care is available here -http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=8215 

An informational hearing on SB 442 is scheduled for March 9, 2015.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/health/2015/02/18/oregonians-debate-proposed-immunization-mandate/23653255/ - news article about the hearing

Continue to contact your Oregon State Representative and Senator and ask them to OPPOSE SB 442.

UPDATE: 2/18/2015 - The amendment to remove non medical exemptions in Oregon has been posted. . https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/ProposedAmendment/3964 

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URGENT UPDATE 2/17/2015

SB442 Is Going to be Amended Wednesday to REMOVE Philosophical and Religious Exemptions to Mandated Vaccination – ATTEND HEARING and CONTACT LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE BILL

Dear Oregon NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Recent media reports (posted below) have confirmed Senator Hayward’s intentions to try to eliminate your philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccine mandates in Oregon through amending SB442.  If you want to have your voice heard, contact all the committee members, your own legislators, and get to the hearing on Wednesday, February 18th and be prepared to offer your testimony orally and submit written copies to oppose this bill.  (details in below action alert).

SB 442 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Feb. 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM in hearing room A at the Oregon State Legislature, 900 Court St. NE, Salem Oregon 97301.https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SHC/2015-02-18-15-00/Agenda

Earlier today, families from Washington state testified in a hearing against a bill to remove their philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccination. (HB2009)  They did a fabulous job. They were articulate, factual, and yet respectful.  If you would like to watch the testimony on this bill to give you some ideas what the other side may be saying in favor of the Oregon bill and options for testimony in your own hearing tomorrow in opposition to the bill, you can view the archive online. HB 2009 begins at the 40:58 timestamp and the opposition testimony begins at 59:09.  







http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2015020183 

Additionally, one talking point that we wanted to bring to your attention to make sure to share with your legislators that did not make it into our original action alert below is:

·    Physicians, in the American Medical Association Code of Ethics, affirm philosophical and religious exemptions for themselves. See Opinion 9.133 Routine Universal Immunization of Physicians.  Parents should have that same right.

Media Confirming Intention to Remove Exemptions

Feb. 16, 2015 Statesman Journal - Senator seeks to toughen Oregon's vaccine exemption law 

The Senate Health Care Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill that would eliminate the option for parents to claim nonmedical exemptions from school shots. The sponsor of Senate Bill 442, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Portland Democrat and family physician, said she has lost confidence that staunchly anti-vaccine parents will change their minds, making her bill necessary. 

Steiner Hayward's original intent was to introduce a "technical fix" into how OHA enforces exemptions, but she plans to propose amendments that would get rid of nonmedical exemptions altogether. Based on anecdotes from school-based health centers and fellow physicians, she said, it's already clear the new policy isn't working. 







http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/health/2015/02/16/senator-seeks-toughen-oregons-vaccine-exemption-law/23526837/ 

Feb. 16, 2015 Oregon Live  - Nonmedical Vaccination Exemptions will be Targeted in Senate Health Committee Hearing

The state Senate Health Care Committee will hold a public hearing this week on proposed legislation that would remove parents' ability to exempt their children from vaccinations for nonmedical reasons.

Senate Bill 442, as currently written, directs the Oregon Health Authority to give parents deadlines for submitting the required documentation for nonmedical exemptions. But state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, said that planned amendments to the bill, which she is sponsoring, would effectively limit exemptions to specific medical conditions.

Steiner Hayward, the Senate's majority whip, said the planned amendments would remove language in the current law - in Oregon Revised Statutes 433.267, Section 1, subsection c - that allows parents to forgo vaccinations for a child attending school or child care with a document "stating that the parent is declining one or more immunizations on behalf of the child ... because of a religious or philosophical belief." 

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/nonmedical_vaccination_exempti.html

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team 







http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org







https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Members/ContactUs.aspx

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Dear Oregon NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Your action is urgently needed to protect your right to make informed vaccination decisions for your children in Oregon.  We heard from a credible source that the sponsor of SB 442, Senator Steiner Hayward, will offer an amendment to further restrict the current non-medical exemption or possibly eliminate it.

SB 442 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Feb. 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM in hearing room A at the Oregon State Legislature, 900 Court St. NE, Salem Oregon 97301.

ACTION NEEDED:  

1)      Plan on attending the hearing and testifying on Feb. 18th at 3:00 PM if possible.  If you have never testified in a committee hearing before, here are some good tips on how to testify.https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/How-to-Testify.aspx 

2)      Contact members of the Senate Committee on Health Care (see contact information below) and tell them to vote NO on SB 442 or any amendments that would eliminate or further restrict the right of Oregonians to make informed decisions concerning vaccination. 

3)      Contact your own Oregon State Senator and ask them to vote NO on SB 442 if it comes to the full senate for a vote. If you do not know who your Oregon State Senator is, you can login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal and your elected officials will be posted on the right hand side. http://NVICAdvocacy.org  You can also use this search engine -https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html

4)      Logon to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often to check for updates.  Bills can change many times over the legislative process. 

Contact information for Senate Committee on Health Care

Senator

Email

Capitol Phone

Website

Laurie Monnes Anderson (Chair)

Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us

503-986-1725

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/monnesanderson

Jeff Kruse (Vice Chair)

Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us

503-986-1701

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/kruse

Tim Knopp

Sen.TimKnopp@state.or.us

503-986-1727

http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/knopp

Chip Shields

Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us

503-986-1722 

http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/shieldsc

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (sponsor SB 442)

Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us

503-986-1717

http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/steinerhayward

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SHC/Overview - committee information 

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SHC/2015-02-18-15-00/Agenda - committee agenda

Talking Points:

Explain why it is important to your family to be able to delay or decline vaccination.  This is where you could BRIEFLY share your vaccine reaction, harassment, or vaccine failure story to personalize your communication.































Explain that there are some very important reasons why legally protecting the right to informed consent to vaccination without penalty by the state should be a priority:

·         Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that cause injury and death for some.  The United States Government has paid out more than $3 billion dollars to vaccine victimsMany more people have adverse reactions. Nobody can predict who will be harmed from vaccines.

·         Vaccines manufacturers and the doctors who administer vaccines are completely shielded from liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.

·         Vaccines fail sometimes where even fully vaccinated people become infected.  Nobody can predict who will or will not respond to vaccines.

·         Children today receive 69 doses of vaccines for 16 different viral and bacterial illnesses which more than doubles the government childhood schedule of 34 doses of 11 different vaccines in the year 2000.  A vaccine exemption is filed regardless of whether the exemption is filed for one dose or all doses. 35 doses and 5 more unique vaccines have been added to the schedule in the last 15 years. Those supporting forced vaccination are being dishonest by not acknowledging the exploding vaccine schedule while sounding alarms over small increases in overall non-medical exemptions.

·         There are hundreds of new vaccines in development including some of the following in clinical trials: HIV, herpes, E. coli, dengue fever, avian influenza, smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, norovirus, cholera, smoking cessation, syphilis, and gonorrhea. If vaccine manufactures and others who profit from forced vaccination convince legislators take away our right to delay or decline a vaccine now, what will our future look like?

·         In the past 5 years, drug makers have paid the U.S. Government $19.2 billion in criminal and civil FRAUD penalties. Skepticism of the pharmaceutical industry is well deserved, and it doesn't imply a skepticism of science.

Refer to NVIC’s “Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law” guide for answers to questions your legislators may have.  The fully referenced version can be found on our site posted at: http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/Reforming-Vaccine-Policy---Law-Guide.aspx. You can include this link in your letters as well.

Refer to “Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot and Vaccine Exemption Ban?”  by NVIC’s President Barbara Loe Fisher for some illuminating insight into facts that need to be exposed about the California measles outbreak and other vaccine failures. 















http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/January-2015/measles-in-disneyland-third-mmr-shot-and-vaccine.aspx

Background:

In 2013 SB 132 was passed by the legislature.  That bill removed the religious exemption from state law and replaced it with a non-medical exemption that requires parents either get the signature of a health care provider stating they were informed of the risks and benefits of vaccines or complete an online module.  Any students with existing exemptions were grandfathered and those parents were not required to comply with the new requirements unless their student fell in to one of these categories:

• Children entering a childcare, preschool or Head Start program -































• Children starting school for the first time, such as kindergarten































• Students who have never been in an Oregon school before































• Children whose exemptions change—for example, if a parent decides to exempt their child for an additional vaccine that was not previously on their record.

http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Documents/SchNonmedExmptQAschool.pdf - see FAQs concerning SB 132 

SB 442, as introduced, will force all parents to have either a signature by a healthcare provider or a certificate verifying the parent has completed the online module.  Amendments could eliminate the online module option or even the non-medical exemption all together.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/SB442 - text, history and status for SB 442

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB442/Introduced - text for SB 442

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/290867401.html - news articleOregon legislator wants to eliminate 'philosophical' vaccine exemption


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SB 442 was introduced on 1/12/2015 and referred to Health Care Committee on 1/22/2014.  This bill is sponsored by Senators Steiner Hayward, Monnes Anderson and Rosenbaum.  This bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Feb. 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM in hearing room A.  

Plan on attending this hearing to oppose this bill.  While this bill only removes a grandfather clause for the bill that passed in 2013, bills can be amended and get worse if people don't attend hearings and let their legislators know how they feel. 

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SHC/Overview - committee information 

Background:

In 2013 SB 132 was passed by the legislature.  That bill removed the religious exemption from state law and replaced it with a nonmedical exemption that requires parents either get the signature of a health care provider stating they were informed of the risks and benefits of vaccines or complete an online module on file.  Any students with existing exemptions were grandfathered and those parents were not require to comply with the new requirements unless their student fell in to one of these categories:

• Children entering a childcare, preschool or Head Start program -







• Children starting school for the first time, such as kindergarten







• Students who have never been in an Oregon school before







• Children whose exemptions change—for example, if a parent decides to exempt their child for an additional vaccine that was not previously on their record.

http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Documents/SchNonmedExmptQAschool.pdf - see FAQs concerning SB 132 

This bill will force all parents to have either a signature by a healthcare provider or a certificate verifying the parent has completed the online module.

The summary states:

Directs  Oregon  Health  Authority  to  adopt  by  rule  schedule  requiring  submission  of  document to school administrator  for  purposes  of  declining  immunization  if  document  on  record  does  not  include  signature  of  health  care  practitioner  verifying  that  parent  has  reviewed  risks  and  benefits  of immunization  or  certificate  verifying  that  parent  has  completed  vaccine  educational  module.Declares  emergency,  effective  on  passage.

The bill text states:

A BILL FOR AN ACT







Relating  to  submission  of  information  necessary  to  decline  immunizations;  and  declaring  an  emergency.







Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:





SECTION 1. (1) The Oregon Health Authority shall adopt by rule a schedule requiring







each child who attends a school in this state and who does not provide documentation under







ORS 433.267 (1)(a) or (b) to submit to the school administrator a document that meets the







requirements of ORS 433.267 (1)(c), if the child entered kindergarten or transferred to the







school before March 1, 2014.







(2) A schedule adopted under subsection (1) of this section may impose different dates

by which children of different ages, or children attending different types of schools, must







submit the document described in subsection (1) of this section.







(3) This section does not apply to a child who submitted to the school administrator a





document that meets the requirements of ORS 433.267 (1)(c) on or after March 1, 2014.







 SECTION 2. This 2015 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public





peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2015 Act takes effect







on its passage.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/SB442 - text, history and status for SB 442

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB442/Introduced - text for SB 442

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/290867401.html - news article