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Restricts exemptions to vaccination

Location: MN
Title: Restricts exemptions to vaccination
Identifier: SF 380/HF 393
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died, failed to move forward

Description:

UPDATE: 5/24/2106 - SF 380 and HF 393 failed to move forward and died.  The legislative session ended on May 23, 2016. 

UPDATE: 4/22/2106 - While SF 380 and HF 393, to restrict exemptions to vaccination, failed to move forward in 2015 they are still alive.  The MN legislative session is scheduled to end on approximately 5/23/2106. 

The session starts on Tuesday March 8th with HF 393/SF 380 Vaccine Exemption Modification bills still alive.

  • This bill now requires parents to write a statement of why they choose not to have their child receive a vaccine and to have that statement recorded in the child’s medical record
  • This bill raises questions of data privacy for those parents who choose exemptions
  • Amendments to improve parental informed consent, and protect physician independence, were rejected
  • This bill still allows a physician to refuse to sign the certificate, which could lead to “doctor-shopping” and, therefore, increased costs and coercion for parents
  • This bill may have negative repercussions on physicians who sign certificates for patients requesting exemptions

Please Attend Lobby Day March 22 to protect vaccine exemption rights.  For more information, see the announcement section. 

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Failed to move forward, MN session ended May 18, 2015. 

UPDATE: 3/27/2015 - SF 380 was heard in the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee on March 18th.  The committee recommended the bill pass. The bill had a 2nd reading on March 23, 2015.  Contact your MN State Senator and ask them to VOTE NO on SF 380 when it comes up for a vote by the full senate. 

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=senate&f=SF0380&ssn=0&y=2015 - current status for SB 380

http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/schedule/unofficial_action.php?ls=89&bill_type=SF&bill_number=0380&ss_number=0&ss_year=2015 - committee hearing information for 3/18/15. 


Dear Minnesota NVIC Advocacy Team Members:

Your action is urgently needed to protect your right to make informed vaccination decisions for your children in Minnesota.  Two bills have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature that would eliminate the current conscientious belief exemption to vaccination and replace it with a restricted personal belief exemption.

SF 380 and HF 393 are companion bills, meaning they are both the same.  These bills were introduced on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, 2015. SF 380 was referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee.  HF 393 was referred to the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF380&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0 - text of SF 380

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF393&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0  - text of HF 393

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF393&ssn=0&y=2015 - status and history

Both of these bills propose to make it harder for Minnesota parents to exempt or delay their children from one or more of the vaccines required for school based on their conscientious beliefs.   Conscientious beliefs include religious beliefs in Minnesota.

If either of these bills pass the legislature and are signed by the governor, parents would have to obtain a statement from a physician that provides immunizations verifying that the physician has reviewed with the parent or guardian information about the risks and benefits of the vaccines that is consistent with information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to exercise their right to refuse or delay a vaccine based on their conscientious beliefs.

ACTION NEEDED:

1)      Contact your Minnesota State Legislators and tell them to OPPOSE SF 380 and HF 393.  If you do not know who your Minnesota State Legislators are, you can login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal and your elected officials will be posted on the right hand side. www.nvicadvocacy.org . You can also find your legislators here - http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

2)      Contact members of both the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee and the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee and tell them to VOTE NO on SF 380 and HF 393 when these bills come before the committees for a vote.  Hearings have not been scheduled as of 2/16/2015. 

1)      http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/committees/committee_bio.php?cmte_id=3059&ls=89 – information on the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee.

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cmte/Home/?comm=89014 – information on the Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

3)      Contact Governor Mark Dayton and ask him to protect religious rights, parental rights and the right to informed consent to vaccination and not to support SF 380 or HF 393.  http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

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

Talking Points:

Explain why it is important to your family to be able to delay or decline vaccination without being forced to obtain a signature from a physician.  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 having to obtain a signature by a physician 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?

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

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team

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

UPDATE: SF 380 is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in the Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing. 12:00, Noon in Room 15 at the Capitol. The committee will reconvene at 5:30pm in room 15 if it doesn't get through the agenda at the 12:00 hearing

http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/schedule/schedule.php?ls=&cmte_id=&cmte_type=&type=upcoming - committee hearing agendas. 

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SF 380 was introduced on Jan. 29, 2015 and referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee.  The bill is sponsored by Senators Eaton, Marty, Sheran and Wiklund. Senator Rosen was added as a sponsor on 2/12/15.

HF 393 was introduced on Jan. 30, 2015 and was referred to the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee. The bill is sponsored by Representatives, Freiberg, Ward, Schultz, Liebling, Halverson, Simonson, Carlson, Bernardy, Murphy E, Yarusson, Fischer and Loeffler. Representatives Erhardt, Davnie,  Rosenthal, Kahn, Isaacson and Slocum have also been added as sponsors. 

The two bills are companion bills and are the same. 

These bills eliminate the current conscientious belief exemption to vaccination for school children in MN and replace it with a new personal belief exemption that must include a statement from a physician and must be on a form developed by the commissioner of health. 

See text below, current law that has a strike though is eliminated and underlined text is proposed new law. 

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF380&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0 - text of SF 380

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF380&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0 - history and status for SF 380

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF393&version=0&session=ls89&session_year=2015&session_number=0 - text of HF 393

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?ssn=0&y=2015&b=House&f=HF0393 - status and history for HF 393


(d)

If a notarized statement signed by the minor child's parent or guardian or by the
1.18emancipated person is submitted to the administrator or other person having general
1.19control and supervision of the school or child care facility stating that the person has
1.20not been immunized as prescribed in subdivision 1 because of the conscientiously held
1.21beliefs of the parent or guardian of the minor child or of the emancipated person, the
1.22immunizations specified in the statement shall not be required. This statement must also
1.23be forwarded to the commissioner of the Department of Health. A child shall be exempt,
1.24in whole or in part, from the immunization requirements of subdivision 1, upon the
2.1submission to the administrator or other person having general control and supervision of
2.2the school or child care facility of a certificate of exemption, using a form developed by
2.3the commissioner of health. The certificate must state that the parent or guardian, or the
2.4child if emancipated, is declining one or more required immunizations on the basis of their
2.5personal beliefs. The certificate must contain the following:
2.6(1) specification of the particular vaccine or vaccines for which an exemption is
2.7being requested, and an explanation of the reasons for requesting the exemption;
2.8(2) a statement from a physician that provides immunizations verifying that
2.9the physician has reviewed with the parent or guardian, or the child if emancipated,
2.10information about the risks and benefits of the vaccines that is consistent with information
2.11published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
2.12(3) an acknowledgement that the child may be prohibited from attending school or
2.13the child care facility during an outbreak of the disease for which the child has not been
2.14immunized; and
2.15(4) the signature of the child's parent or legal guardian, or the child if emancipated.
2.16The certificate of exemption must be forwarded by the school or child care facility to the
2.17commissioner of health.