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Eliminates the personal belief exemption in California

Location: CA
Title: Eliminates the personal belief exemption in California
Identifier: SB 277
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Signed by Governor Brown June 30, 2015

Description:

On June 30, 2015 Governor Brown signed SB 277.  Personal and religious belief exemptions will not be allowed in California, effective July 1, 2016.  However, if a parent files a letter or affidavit stating beliefs opposed to immunization prior to Jan. 1, 2016 that exemption will apply until the next grade span.

(g) (1) A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center within the state until the pupil enrolls in the next grade span.

(2) For purposes of this subdivision, “grade span” means each of the following:
(A) Birth to preschool.
(B) Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten.
(C) Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_277_Signing_Message.pdf - signing message

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277 - final version

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277 - current law as amended by SB 277


UPDATE: 6/28/2105 - SB 277 passed the full assembly on 6/25/15.  The bill is on the senate floor agenda for 6/29/15 for the senate  to either concur with assembly amendments or not.  If the senate does not concur with the assembly amendments, the bill would go to a conference committee of a few key assembly members and senators to work out the differences between the version passed by the senate and the version passed by the assembly.  If the senate concurs with assembly amendments, the bill goes to Governor Brown.  

The amended version includes this amendment regarding IEPs: 

(h) This section does not prohibit a pupil who qualifies for an individualized education program, pursuant to federal law and Section 56026 of the Education Code, from accessing any special education and related services required by his or her individualized education program.

 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277 

ACTION NEEDED: 

Contact Governor Brown and ask him to VETO SB 277. 

Mailing address:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841 
Fax: (916) 558-3160

UPDATE: 6/25/2015 - SB 277 will have a 3rd reading and final vote by the full assembly today.  SB 277 is  listed as item # 33 on the daily file for the session that stars at 9:00 AM. 

http://assembly.ca.gov/dailyfile - daily file

http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ - link to watch the live video 

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0251-0300/sb_277_bill_20150618_amended_asm_v93.pdf - most recent version with amendments from 6/18

CALL CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY NOW: VOTE NO ON SB 277 and SB 792

DO NOT MAKE CALIFORNIA A FORCED VACCINATION STATE

Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members and Friends,

Please stop what you are doing and pick up your phone right now to make one simple but crucial phone call to your California State Assembly Member.  Your action is needed immediately if you want to maintain control of your family’s vaccination choices. 

Legislators are scheduled to do their final voting this morning on a bill in the California Assembly, SB 277, that prohibits your child from attending public or private school if you as a parent decide to delay or decline state mandated vaccines for your child.

Legislators are also voting on a bill, SB 792, that that requires vaccination as a condition of employment for day care workers. This sets a dangerous precedent for employer based vaccine mandates in California for adults! The hearing for SB 792 is Tuesday June 30th in the Assembly Committee on Health (http://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/hearings).

Your Assembly Member needs to hear this message today loud and clear:

VOTE NO ON SB 277 and SB 792.

SB 277 will not make me vaccinate my kids, it will instead deny my kids an education. I can’t homeschool.

SB 792 will not make me get vaccinated, it will instead prevent me from ever working in childcare. 



DO NOT MAKE CALIFORNIA A FORCED VACCINATION STATE.

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW

  1. Lookup your State Assembly Member and their contact information.     

    Enter your address here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  for your State Assembly Member or if you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login at http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS Tab.  Your assembly member is listed on the right side of the page. Click on their name to display their contact information.

  2. Call your State Assembly Member and say:  

VOTE NO ON SB 277 and SB 792.

SB 277 will not make me vaccinate my kids, it will instead deny my kids an education. I can’t homeschool.

SB 792 will not make me get vaccinated, it will instead prevent me from ever working in childcare.

DO NOT MAKE CALIFORNIA A FORCED VACCINATION STATE.

3)  Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to call now too!

4)  Register and Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often at http://NVICAdvocacy.org.  NVIC Advocacy will post and follow any bills in California that propose to further restrict or eliminate exemptions to mandatory vaccination. Past alerts for these bills and talking points are posted on the portal.

Bill information for SB 277: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277

Bill information for SB 792: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB792

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.

UPDATE: 6/18/2015 - SB 277 passed out of the Assembly Health Committee by a vote of 12 yes, 6 no and one member abstaining ib 6/10/2015 and was read a 2nd time in the full assembly on 6/15/15.  The bill will be have a 3rd and final reading and vote in the full assembly next. 

Ayes: Bonilla, Bonta, Chiu, Gomez, Gonzalez, Roger Hernández, Nazarian, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Santiago, Thurmond, Wood
  Noes: Chávez, Lackey, Maienschein, Patterson, Steinorth, Waldron
  No Votes Recorded: Burke

The bill will now go to the full assembly for a vote.  

The video of the hearing is available here - http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=2950 

UPDATE: 6/9/2015

Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Today is a huge day needing your action to protect the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in California. 







SB 277, by California Senator Richard Pan and Senator Ben Allen to repeal the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination, is being heard in the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday 6/9 at 1:30 pm in the Capitol in room 4202. Hearing information is posted at http://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/hearings and hearings are televised live at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ for those who are not able to be in attendance and want to watch.

SB 277 was passed by the California Senate and if it is passed by the Assembly Health Committee today, it will go on to a full Assembly vote and then on to the governor.   

It is critically important that you contact your assembly member and the governor today to oppose SB 277!

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED TODAY:

  1. Lookup your California Assembly Member and his/her contact information. Enter your address here:http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  for your State Assembly Member. Find the location of your State Assembly Member’s district office here and stop by today if you can!  http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers If you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login at http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS Tab.  Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. Click on them one at a time to display their contact information.

  2. Ask your Assembly Member to VOTE NO on SB 277 TODAY!  Use the talking points below and include the reasons why it is important to your family to have personal belief exemptions. Use the contact information from step 1 to stop by one of their district offices or their office in the capitol if you are there today. Also, call, fax, and use the web based email system.  Contact them every way you can today. You don’t want to regret that you didn’t do everything you could.

  3. Ask Governor Brown to VETO SB 277!  It is crucial you do this ASAP.  Call, email, fax AND visit! He needs to be buried in requests to VETO SB 277 from each contact method. Contact Information for Governor Brown:  https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

  4. Forward this email to everyone you know who cares about this issue and ask them to contact their assembly member and the governor today to OPPOSE SB 277!

NVIC’s TALKING POINTS TO OPPOSE SB 277

Five Facts About Why SB 277 Should NOT Become Law in California

SB 277 will eliminate all non-medical vaccine exemptions and

  • is not based on scientific evidence or compelling state interest,

  • is a violation of parental and human rights, 

  • requires children to risk vaccine injury, while vaccine manufacturers and doctors administering vaccines are shielded from vaccine injury liability,

  • discriminates against children to deny them a school-based education guaranteed by the California Constitution, and

  • will be excessively expensive to administer and enforce.

FACT #1Unvaccinated school-aged children with religious and conscientious belief exemptions are not causing measles and whooping cough outbreaks in California. In 2015, California reported 136 cases of measles. Of the cases with vaccination records, 30 percent had been vaccinated. Only 18 percent of the measles cases were in school-aged children, while 55 percent were in adults.[1] [2] In 2014, out of 8,200 pediatric cases of pertussis with vaccination records reported in California, 90 percent of the children had been vaccinated. [3]

BOTTOM LINE: Despite originating in one of the most densely populated places in the country, the 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak was successfully contained and only affected 0.00035% of the state’s population. There is no public health emergency and no need to eliminate informed consent protections in California public health laws.

FACT #2: Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry a risk of injury or death, which can be greater for some than others. According to the Institute of Medicine, doctors cannot accurately predict who will be harmed by vaccines because of unknown biological, genetic and environmental high risk factors; [4]and the safety of the federally recommended childhood vaccine schedule has not been adequately studied. [5] Even so, 99.99 percent of children do not qualify for medical vaccine exemptions under federal guidelines. [6]

BOTTOM LINE: Parents are legally and morally responsible for the health and well-being of their children. When a medical intervention like vaccination carries an unpredictable risk of injury or death, parents of minor children must have the legal right to make informed, voluntary medical decisions for them without being coerced or punished by doctors or the state.

FACT #3: The federal government maintains that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” products and shields vaccine manufacturers and those administering vaccines from product liability and personal injury lawsuits even if the vaccine(s) could have been safer or were given negligently. Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, since 1988 over $3 billion has been paid for vaccine injuries and deaths suffered by children and adults but vaccine manufacturers have paid none of it. [7]

BOTTOM LINE: SB277 compels children to take vaccine risks or be denied an education while drug companies and vaccine administrators remain risk-free. It gives preferential treatment to drug corporations and the medical trade while denying equal protection to children and their parents.

FACT #4: Children living in California have a constitutional right to an education and children with special needs have rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free Appropriate Public Education Act (FAPE). SB 277 deprives children of their civil right to an education and sanctions parents making informed medical decisions for their children.

BOTTOM LINE: The California Constitution guarantees to all children a public education whether or not they have received every dose of every vaccine recommended by the government. Many parents are not able to homeschool.

FACT #5: SB 277 will incur excessive administrative and litigation costs to the state. Children requiring special education will be denied an equal education unless the state provides costly home-based tutorial support services. The state will incur costs to charge non-complying parents with truancy and criminally prosecute and imprison them. When California families penalized by SB 277 bring civil actions, the state will incur the costs to defend those lawsuits.

BOTTOM LINE: SB 277 is an expensive and unnecessary bill that will add to the state’s debt while violating children’s constitutionally guaranteed right to receive an equal education regardless of vaccination status.

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC.org) & NVICAdvocacy.org





References:



[1] CA Dept. of Public Health. California Measles Surveillance Update. Apr.10, 2015.

[2] CA Dept. of Public Health. Measles Outbreak That Began In December Now Over. Apr. 17, 2015.

[3] CA Dept. of Public Health. Pertussis Report Apr. 20, 2015.

[4] Institute of Medicine. Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality: Evaluating Biological Mechanisms of Adverse Events: Increased Susceptibility.  2012. 

[5]  Institute of Medicine. The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies: Summary: Health Outcomes and Conclusions About Scientific Findings andReview of Scientific Findings 2013.

[6] NVIC. U.S. Government Recommended Vaccines for Children with Medical ConditionsCDC 2014.

[7] Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Monthly Statistics Report.                                     

 

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. 

UPDATE: 6/5/2015 - SB 277 will have a hearing on Tues., June 9th beginning at 1:30 and going to 5:00 PM in State Capitol, Room 4202.  SB 277 is the only bill on the agenda.  Each side will be allowed 25 minutes of testimony, then people can state their name, organization, city and position. 

http://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/hearings - hearing information

http://assembly.ca.gov/listen/4202-audio - link to audio for Assembly Health Committee Room


UPDATE: 5/28/2015 - SB 277 passed the full senate on 5/14/15. The bill was referred to the Assembly Health Committee only. 

http://arul.assembly.ca.gov/sites/arul.assembly.ca.gov/files/Rules%20Committee%20Agenda%205.28.15.pdf - referral notice

The final vote on the senate floor was:

05/14/15 (PASS) Senate Floor 25 11 3 Senate 3rd Reading SB277 Pan and Allen
  Ayes: Allen, Beall, Block, Cannella, De León, Galgiani, Hall, Hancock, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell, Monning, Pan, Pavley, Stone, Vidak, Wieckowski, Wolk
  Noes: Anderson, Bates, Fuller, Gaines, Huff, Leyva, Moorlach, Morrell, Nielsen, Roth, Runner
  No Votes Recorded: Berryhill, Hueso, Nguyen


UPDATE: 5/13/15 - SB 277 was read 2nd time on 5/12/2015 and ordered for 3rd and final reading in the senate.  The bill will most likely come up for a vote by the full senate during the floor session that starts at 9:00 AM on Thursday, May 14th. 

Video of the floor session will be available via this link - http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ 

http://senate.ca.gov/calendar?startdate=5-14-2015&enddate=5-14-2015 - senate calendar for 5/14

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SB 277 to remove the personal belief exemption to vaccination in California was amended again on May 7, 2015.  The latest amendments remove the requirement that schools provide the immunization rates and the section concerning the Commission on State Mandates has also been removed. Because of these amendments the bill was withdrawn from the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 11 and ordered for a second reading by the full senate. 

Two amendments were adopted by the Judiciary Committee. One states the new law would not apply to a pupil in a home-based private school or a pupil who is enrolled in an independent study program.  The other states any immunizations deemed appropriate by the department may be mandated before a pupil’s first admission to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, only if exemptions are allowed for both medical reasons and personal beliefs.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277 – current status, text and history for SB 277

 

ACTION NEEDED:

1)      Contact your California State Senator and ask them to vote NO on SB 277 when it comes to the floor for a vote. 

   2)      Ask Governor Brown to respect religious rights and the right of Californians to delay or  exempt their child from one or more of the vaccines on the one-size-fits-all-schedule for  personal or religious beliefs.  California already has a restricted personal belief exemption that  requires the additional signature of a health care provider because of the passage of AB 2109 in    2012.  California does not have a separate religious exemption in the law.  When Governor Brown          signed AB 2109 on Sept. 30, 2012, he directed the health department to also allow for a separate                   religious exemption on the form.  Contact Information for Governor Brown: 

  https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

May 7, 2015 amendment removes the following:

SECTION 1.
 

 Section 48980.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

48980.5.
  The notification required pursuant to Section 48980 shall also include the immunization rates for the school in which a pupil is enrolled for each of the immunizations required pursuant to Section 120335 of the Health and Safety Code.
SEC. 7.
 
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

UPDATE: 5/62015 - SB 277 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on 4/28/2015.  The bill will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee. We are still waiting to see what day SB 277 will be heard in Senate Appropriations. 

Amendments to SB 277 that were adopted in the Judiciary Committee are now available.   

(f) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2012. does not apply to a pupil in a home-based private school or a pupil who is enrolled in an independent study program pursuant to Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 51745) of Chapter 5 of Part 28 of the Education Code. 

SEC. 4.

 
 Section 120338 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Notwithstanding Sections 120325 and 120335, any immunizations deemed appropriate by the department pursuant to paragraph 11 of subdivision (a) of Section 120325 or paragraph 11 of subdivision (b) of Section 120335, may be mandated before a pupil’s first admission to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, only if exemptions are allowed for both medical reasons and personal beliefs.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml;jsessionid=9dc4a20552b98333e60510384972 - amended SB 277 shown as it would change current law


UPDATE: 4/29/2015 - SB 277 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on 4/28/2015.  The bill will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  

UPDATE: 4/27/15 -  Action Alert for both SB 277 and SB 792

Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Today and Tuesday are big days needing your action to protect the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in California. Please follow the action items below.   



SB 277, by California Senator Richard Pan and Senator Ben Allen to repeal the exemption to mandatory vaccination, is being heard in the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday 4/28 at 1:30 pm in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203). 

SB 792 sponsored by Senator Mendoza to force day care workers to be vaccinated, is also being heard on Tuesday 4/28 at 1:30 pm in the Senate Human Services Committee in room 3191.           



Your calls and faxes to committee members requesting them to VOTE NO on SB 277 and SB 792 are needed.  





It is important that you also contact your State Senator and State Assembly Member and Governor Brown to ask them to oppose SB 277, attempting to repeal the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination and SB 792, attempting to mandate vaccines for day care workers. Please educate them as to why personal are religious exemptions to mandated vaccinations are important to your family and explain that the passage of any this bill will create an even more hostile environment for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine. [TALKING POINTS BELOW] 



If the California Legislature passes SB 277, the only option left for parents will be medical exemptions that must be signed by a licensed physician.  If SB 792 passes, people working in day cares and family day care homes in California will have no options other than very limited medical exemptions. 

         

Only prearranged limited testimony will be taken for and against these bills, but if you are at the capitol to watch the hearings, you will be given the opportunity to state your name and position on the bill for the record.  There will be gathering at 11:00 AM in Area 22.  Area 22 is the first area to the northeast of the capitol, right next to L Street between 12th and 13th St.  Wear red and bring a red flower to leave at the capitol if you can. Bring a picnic lunch if possible and bring a sign to carry as the group walks around the capitol. Picnic lunch in Area 22 at Noon and then promptly begin to enter the capitol and get through security at 12:30. 

Hearings are televised live at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/.

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW:

1)     Plan on attending the hearings on Tuesday, April 28th and the gathering to show opposition.  Driving directions and parking information - http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/In%20English/the-museum/directions-museum

2)     Call and fax members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and request that they vote NO on SB277.  The hearing is being held on Tuesday, April 28th at 1:30 pm in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203).  SB 277 will be heard first as a special order of business - http://sjud.senate.ca.gov/agenda. Talking points are below.

3)     Call and fax Members of the Senate Committee on Human Services and request that they vote NO on SB 792.  The hearing is being held Tuesday, April 28th at 1:30 in Room 3191.  SB 792 is currently listed as being the 7th bill out of 8 to be heard. http://shum.senate.ca.gov/agendaTalking points are below.

4)  Lookup your State Representative and Senator and their contact information and ask them to OPPOSE SB 277 and SB 792.            

                       

Enter your address here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  for your State Assembly Member and State Senator’s contact information.  Find the location of your State Senator’s district office here -http://senate.ca.gov/senators  Find the location of your State Assembly Member’s district office here -http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers

                        

 Or if you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login at http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS Tab.  Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. Click on them one at a time to display their contact information.

5)  Ask Governor Brown to OPPOSE SB 277 and SB 792 by upholding the right of Californians to exempt their child or themselves from one or more of the vaccines on the one-size-fits-all-schedule.  Contact Information for Governor Brown:  https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

 

California Senate Judiciary Committee Members – 2015

Senator

Capitol Phone/Fax

District Phone/Fax

Web Page

Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair

Phone: (916) 651-4019

No fax listed

Phone: (805) 965-0862 & (805)988-1940

Fax: (805) 965-0701

http://sd19.senate.ca.gov/

John Moorlach, Vice Chair

Phone: (916) 651-4037







Fax: (916) 651-4937

None listed

http://district37.cssrc.us/

Joel Anderson

Phone: (916)-651-4038







Fax: 
(916)-651-4938

Phone: (619)-596-3136 and (951)-676-1020







Fax: (619)-596.3140 and (951)-676-1030

http://district38.cssrc.us/

Robert Hertzberg

Phone:  (916) 651-4018







Fax:  (916) 651-4918

Phone: (818) 901-5588







Fax: (818) 901-5562

http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/

Mark Leno

Phone:  (916) 651-4011







Fax:  (916) 651-4911

Phone: (415) 557-1300







Fax: (415) 557-1252

http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/

Bill Monning

Phone: (916) 651-4017







Fax: (916) 651-4917

4 District offices, see web page

http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/

Bob Wieckowski

Phone:(916) 651-4010







Fax: (916) 651-4910

Phone: (510) 577-2310







Phone: (408) 286-0329







Fax: (510) 577-2308

http://sd10.senate.ca.gov/

http://sjud.senate.ca.gov/ - committee web page

California Senate Human Services Committee Members – 2015

Senator

Capitol Phone

Capitol Fax

Web Page

Mike McGuire, Chair

916-651-4002

916-651-4902

http://sd02.senate.ca.gov/contact

Tom Berryhill, Vice Chair

(916) 651-4008

(916) 651-4908

http://district8.cssrc.us/content/my-offices

Loni Hancock

(916) 651-4009

(916) 651-4909

http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact

Carol Liu

(916) 651-4025

(916) 651-4925

http://sd25.senate.ca.gov/contact

Janet Nguyen

(916)651-4034

(916)651-4934

http://district34.cssrc.us/

Committee web page - http://shum.senate.ca.gov/  

BAKGROUND INFORMATION:

SB 277 was introduced on 2/20/2015.  This bill is sponsored by Senators Pan and Allen, with cosponsors Senators Beall, Block, De León, Hall, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Leno, McGuire, Mitchell, Stone, Wieckowski, and Wolk.  Assembly Member Gonzalez with cosponsors Assembly Members Baker, Chiu, Cooper, Low, McCarty, Nazarian, Rendon, Mark Stone, and Wood. 

SB 277 completely removes the personal belief exemption to vaccination in California.  California does not have a religious exemption written into state law, only Governor Brown’s legislative directive that was given to the health department when he signed AB 2109.  http://gov.ca.gov/docs/AB_2109_Signing_Message.pdf

The bill was referred to three committees in the Senate; Health, Education and Judiciary.  The bill has passed through Health and Education.  If the bill passes the Judiciary Committee it will then go to Senate Appropriations.  If the bill passes appropriations it then goes to the full Senate for consideration.  If the bill passes the full senate, it will then go over to the Assembly where the bill will be assigned to at least one or more Assembly Committees. 

SB 277 passed the Senate Health Committee on April 8th by a vote of 6 yes and 2 no, with Senator Hernandez abstaining.  Video of the Senate Education Committee hearing on April 8 is available here - http://www.calchannel.com/recent-archive/


UPDATE: 4/16/2015 - SB 277 was heard in the Senate Education Committee on 4/15.  The committee did not take  vote on SB 277.  Several committee members had questions and concerns that were not addressed by the sponsor, Senator Pan.  The committee will vote on SB 277 on April 22nd. The video of the hearing on April 15th is available here - http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=2742 

SB 277 will have a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on April 15th.  See alert below. 

UPDATE: 4/9/2015 - SB 277 passed the Senate Health Committee by a vote of 6 yes and 2 no, with Senator Hernandez abstaining. 

Ayes: Hall, Mitchell, Monning, Nguyen, Pan, Wolk
  Noes: Nielsen, Roth
  No Votes Recorded: Hernandez


Video of the Senate Education Committee hearing on April 8 is available here - http://www.calchannel.com/recent-archive/



UPDATE: 4/8/2015

Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members,







This is a big week needing your action to protect the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in California. Please follow the action items below.  SB 277, by California Senator Richard Pan and Senator Ben Allen to repeal the exemption, is being heard in two committees, Senate Health on 4/8 and Senate Education on 4/15, and your calls and emails to committee members requesting them to VOTE NO on SB 277 are needed.

It is important that you contact your State Senator and State Assembly Member and Governor Brownto ask them to oppose SB 277 which is attempting to repeal the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination. Please educate them as to why personal are religious exemptions to mandated vaccinations are important to your family and explain that the passage of any this bill will create an even more hostile environment for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine.

If the California Legislature passes SB 277, the only option left for parents will be medical exemptions that must be signed by a licensed physician. 

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW

1)  Wednesday, April 8th before 1:30 pm PST, Call members of the Senate Health Committee and request that they vote NO on SB277 today!  The hearing is being held today at 1:30 pm in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203).  (http://shea.senate.ca.gov/agenda)







Only prearranged limited testimony will be taken for and against the bill, but if you are at the capitol to watch the hearing, you will be given the opportunity to state your name and position on the bill for the record.  There is a rally being hosted by those who oppose the bill that is open for all to attend from 10:00 am until noon on the front steps of the capitol. http://www.sb277.org/opposition-rally.html







SB 277 will be heard first and the hearing will be televised live at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/.

California Senate Health Committee – 2015

Senator

Capitol Phone

District Phone

Capitol Fax

Legislative Web Page

Ed Hernandez, Chair

(916) 651-4022

(626) 430-2499

(916) 651-4922

http://sd22.senate.ca.gov/

Janet Nguyen, Vice Chair

916.651.4034

714.558.4400

916.651.4934

http://district34.cssrc.us/

Isadore Hall, III*

(916) 651-4035

(310) 514-8573

(916) 651-4935

http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/

Holly Mitchell*

(916) 651-4030

(213) 745-6656

(916) 651-4930

http://sd30.senate.ca.gov/  

Bill Monning

(916) 651-4017

(831) 657-6315, (805) 549-3784, (831) 425-0401

(916) 651-4917

http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/

Jim Nielsen

(916) 651-4004

(916) 772-0571, (530) 879-7424, (530) 751-8657

(916) 651-4904

http://district4.cssrc.us/

Richard Pan, sponsor SB 277

(916) 651-4006

(916) 262-2904

(916) 651-4906

http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/

Richard D Roth

(916) 651-4031

(951) 680-6750, (951) 443-4078

None listed

http://sd31.senate.ca.gov/

Lois Wolk*

(916) 651-4003

(707) 454-3808, (707) 224-1990,

(707) 551-2389

(916) 651-4903

http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/

*Co-Sponsor of SB 277

To send an email, use senator.  the senator’s last name @ senate.ca.gov 

http://shea.senate.ca.gov/ - Committee web page

2)  Choose how you would like to deliver your message to your own legislators. The suggested modes of communication below are listed in the order of being more likely to be more impactful on educating your legislator. 







a) Make an appointment for a direct personal visit; 



b) Make an appointment to talk directly in a personal phone call;



c) Make an appointment to talk in person to a legislative aide (capitol or district office);



d) Call and talk to a legislative aide to relay a message; or



e) Send a letter, a fax, or an email through web contact forms or legislative email address.

3)  Lookup your State Representative and Senator and their contact information. 



Enter your address here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  for your State Assembly Member and State Senator’s contact information.  Find the location of your State Senator’s district office here -http://senate.ca.gov/senators  Find the location of your State Assembly Member’s district office here -http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers



Or if you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login at http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS Tab.  Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. Click on them one at a time to display their contact information.

4)  Ask Governor Brown to respect religious rights and the right of Californians to delay or exempt their child from one or more of the vaccines on the one-size-fits-all-schedule for personal or religious beliefs.  California already has a restricted personal belief exemption that requires the additional signature of a health care provider because of the passage of AB 2109 in 2012.  California does not have aseparate religious exemption in the law.  When Governor Brown signed AB 2109 on Sept. 30, 2012, he directed the health department to also allow for a separate religious exemption on the form.  



Contact Information for Governor Brown:  https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

5)  Contact members of the Senate Education Committee over the next week and request that they vote NO on SB277. The hearing is being held on 4/15/15 at 9 am in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) (http://sedn.senate.ca.gov/committeehome)  Once again, unfortunately, only invited testimony will be given, but you can attend to show your support for those opposing the bill and watch online.

California Senate Education Committee Members - 2015

Senator

Capitol Phone

Email

Legislator Web Page

Carol Liu, Chair

(916) 651-4025

Senator.liu@senate.ca.gov

http://sd25.senate.ca.gov/

Bob Huff, Vice Chair

(916) 651-4029

Senator.huff@senate.ca.gov

http://district29.cssrc.us/

Marty Block

(916) 651-4039

Senator.block@senate.ca.gov

http://sd39.senate.ca.gov/

Loni Hancock

(916) 651-4009

Senator.hancock@senate.ca.gov

http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/

Connie M. Leyva

(916) 651-4020

Senator.leyva@senate.ca.gov

http://sd20.senate.ca.gov/

Tony Mendoza

(916) 651-4032

Senator.mendoza@senate.ca.gov

http://sd32.senate.ca.gov/

Richard Pan

(916) 651-4006

Senator.pan@senate.ca.gov

http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/

Andy Vidak

(916) 651-4014

Senator.vidak@senate.ca.gov

http://district14.cssrc.us/

http://sedn.senate.ca.gov/ - committee web page

6)  Suggested talking points for legislators:



Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent if the call, visit, or email is to your own Senator or Assembly Member. 

     Ask them to support maintaining personal belief and religious and to oppose any effort to repeal or restrict these exemptions.







Share that you are very concerned about the extremely hostile environment a bill like this could create for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine.

     Explain why it is important to your family to be able to delay or decline vaccination.  This bill isn’t going to make you vaccinate, it will just make educating your child almost impossible. This is where you could BRIEFLY share your vaccine reaction, harassment, or vaccine failure story to personalize your communication.

     Ask them their position on SB 277 and please link to our California Legislative Survey Form and let us know so we can learn where we need to continue to target our efforts.https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Hidden/Forms/CaliforniaLegislativeSurvey.aspxYou are free to use any of the talking points in our NVIC written testimony (posted below) against this bill that resonate with you. 

7)  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 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.

8) 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

9) Please correct the media when you see misinformation and to affirm the right of families to utilize personal belief exemptions to mandatory vaccination.  Use comment boards for online articles, letters to the editor or editorials for print media, and phone calls and emails to news stations. There has been a lot of misinformation in the media, especially in California.

10)  Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to share their concerns with their legislators as well.

11) Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often at http://NVICAdvocacy.org.  NVIC Advocacy will post and follow any bills in California that propose to further restrict or eliminate exemptions to mandatory vaccination.

 

NVIC Written Testimony Against SB 277

Dawn Richardson

Director of Advocacy

National Vaccine Information Center

Statement Opposing SB 277

California Senate Health Committee

Hearing on April 8, 2015

 

Thank you for providing this opportunity to express our opposition to SB 277 which proposes to eliminate the personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in California.

I am offering this statement of opposition on behalf of California donor supporters of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, a consumer advocacy organization founded in 1982 to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and the protection of the informed consent ethic.

This bill, if passed, would make the only vaccine exemption option in California a difficult to obtain medical exemption.

There are many outstanding questions the bill sponsor and other legislators have failed or refused to answer if this bill passes including:

·        How will families who still decide to delay or decline vaccines provide a legally required education for their child? Have you considered the implications for the future for these children for whom you would be denying an education?

·        What happens to a parent who still refuses to vaccinate their child if this bill passes? Will they be punished for truancy? Will they be arrested? Will families be broken apart by child protective services?

·        What happens to the child whose parent does not agree with the safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single California mandated vaccine? Will the child be taken from their loving parents and forcibly vaccinated? 

·        What will happen to children who have family histories or personal histories with vaccine reactions that families can’t find a doctor to write a medical exemption?

It is wrong for the bill authors to promote this type of condemning and discriminating legislation without clearly telling families of this state and other legislators what passage would actually mean for families in disagreement with the use of every mandated vaccine.

There are many legitimate reasons why families may question the use of some or all vaccines including:

It is particularly disturbing that 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) and yet they want to remove this same right in law for California parents and their children.

By targeting only those students with personal belief exemptions, SB 277 has absolutely nothing to do with public health and protecting immune compromised students. Some people are non-responders to some vaccines and vaccine effectiveness for some vaccines, especially for pertussis containing vaccines, wanes rapidly. Some students are provisionally enrolled and not fully vaccinated at the time of enrollment. Federal law, the McKinney-Vento Act, requires that homeless students be allowed to attend school without proof of immunizations.   Some students are delinquent on vaccinations (no vaccine and no exemption to comply with the mandate). There are no requirements (and there shouldn’t be) that teachers, staff, and administration be vaccinated with the same childhood vaccine schedule. These all are people who are no different immunologically than a healthy student with a vaccine exemption and yet they represent a much larger percentage of the school population than the small percentage of students holding a personal belief exemption targeted for expulsion by this bill. 

On the other hand, students with active HIV infections are not only allowed to attend school, the confidentiality of their infection status is protected in law. Students infected with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C also attend school without parents of other students being told. Students who are vaccinated with live viral vaccines experience viral shedding and can infect susceptible individuals for a period of several weeks post vaccination and yet they are allowed to attend school too. Some people who are vaccinated still get the illness (vaccine failures) while some have subclinical infections and can still transmit vaccine preventable diseases and not show symptoms because the vaccine suppresses them.  

Prohibiting kids with personal belief vaccine exemptions from attending school won’t prevent vaccine targeted communicable diseases. There was a recent outbreak of pertussis at Monterrey Park School in Salinas, California.  All 4 cases were in vaccinated students even in spite of a 99.5% school vaccination rate.  The previous year in that same school district, only 9% of the cases of pertussis were in students never vaccinated.  Claiming SB 277 will create a safe environment for immune compromised students is not only dishonest, it puts those students at risk of being a victim of a false sense of security.     

SB 277 will not make parents vaccinate their children who don’t want to; the bill just kicks their children out of school, but these kids still live here and are part of the community and future of this state. SB 277 is based on the faulty assumption that denying partially or unvaccinated children an education produces an overall desirable outcome for the state of California. The bottom line is SB 277 needs to be opposed because it isolates, marginalizes and punishes healthy California children whose parents don’t agree with all government mandated vaccines by extorting an education with vaccination.  Vote no on SB 277.

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team 



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. 

UPDATE: 3/20/2015 - SB 277 was referred to 3 committees, health, education and judiciary.  A hearing will need to be held in each of these committees.  The first hearing is in Senate Health and is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  

SB 277 is currently the 6th bill scheduled to be heard on April 8 in the Senate Health Committee.  To see the agenda click on "see agenda" for April 8 at this link - http://shea.senate.ca.gov/agenda 

http://sedn.senate.ca.gov/ - Senate Health Committee information

UPDATE: 3/2/2015 - SB 277 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it will be assigned to one or more committees.  The Senate Rules Committee meets on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30. 

http://srul.senate.ca.gov/ - rules committee information

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277 - status and history for SB 277

UPDATE: 2/20/2015 -  SB 277 was introduced on 2/20/2015.  This bill is sponsored by Senators Pan and Allen, with cosponsors Senators Beall, Block, De León, Hall, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Leno, McGuire, Mitchell, Monning, Stone, Wieckowski, and Wolk.  Assembly Member Gonzalez with cosponsors Assembly Members Baker, Chiu, Cooper, Low, McCarty, Nazarian, Rendon, Mark Stone, and Wood. 

The bill completely removes the personal belief exemption to vaccination in California.

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0251-0300/sb_277_bill_20150219_introduced.htm - text of SB 277

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Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members, 


As many of you may have already heard, California Senator Richard Pan and Senator Ben Allen have announced their unfortunate plans to file a bill to eliminate the personal belief exemption in California.

The bill has not been filed yet, so we are asking everyone in California who cares about the right to be able to make informed vaccination decisions for their children, which includes the right to delay or decline a vaccine, to immediately contact their offices with the request for them to not file the bill. Please educate them as to why personal and religious exemptions to mandated vaccinations are important to your family.

It is also critically important that you quickly contact your State Senator and State Assembly Memberand Governor Brown to ask them to support maintaining non-medical belief exemptions to mandatory vaccinations in California and to oppose any effort to repeal or further restrict non-medical exemptions.

The passage of any bill to repeal the personal belief exemption will create an even more hostile environment for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine.

If the California Legislature eliminates the personal belief exemption, the only option left for parents will be medical exemptions that must be signed by a licensed physician. 

Do not put this off thinking somebody else will do it. If this issue is important to you, make the time to educate your legislators because if you don’t, the only information they are getting is the pharma/medical lobby funded forced vaccination agenda that has been responsible for instigating the current frenzy in the media.

Do not let these decisions be made for you by those whose power, positions or profit are dependent on forced vaccination. 

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW

1)  Contact Senator Pan senator.pan@senate.ca.gov and Senator Allen through his aidetiffany.mok@sen.ca.gov and ask them not file a bill to eliminate or further restrict exemptions to mandatory vaccinations and explain why this is important to your family. 

                    



http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/ and http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/

2)  Choose how you would like to deliver your message to your other legislators. The suggested modes of communication below are listed in the order of being more likely to be more impactful on educating your legislator.        

          

a) Make an appointment for a direct personal visit; 







b) Make an appointment to talk directly in a personal phone call;







c) Make an appointment to talk in person to a legislative aide (capitol or district office);







d) Call and talk to a legislative aide to relay a message; or







e) Send a letter, a fax, or an email through web contact forms or legislative email address.

3)  Lookup your State Representative and Senator and their contact information. 

                    

Enter your address here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  for your State Assembly Member and State Senator’s contact information.  Find the location of your State Senator’s district office here -http://senate.ca.gov/senators  Find the location of your State Assembly Member’s district office here -http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers.            



                        

Or if you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login at http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS Tab.  Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. Click on them one at a time to display their contact information.

4)  Ask Governor Brown to respect religious rights and the right of Californians to delay or exempt their child from one or more of the vaccines on the one-size-fits-all-schedule for personal or religious beliefs.  California already has a restricted personal belief exemption that requires the additional signature of a health care provider because of the passage of AB 2109 in 2012.  California does not have a separate religious exemption in the law.  When Governor Brown signed AB 2109 on Sept. 30, 2012, he directed the health department to also allow for a separate religious exemption on the form.  







Contact Information for Governor Brown:  https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

5)  Suggested talking points for legislators:







Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent. 

     Ask them to support maintaining personal belief and religious and to oppose any effort to repeal or restrict these exemptions.        

                                    

            

Share that you are very concerned about the extremely hostile environment a bill like this could create for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine.

     Explain why it is important to your family to be able to delay or decline vaccination.  This bill isn’t going to make you vaccinate, it will just make educating your child almost impossible. This is where you could BRIEFLY share your vaccine reaction, harassment, or vaccine failure story to personalize your communication.

     Ask them their position on vaccine exemptions. (Please let us know what you learn!)     

            

                        

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 and these crucial points have been left out of the conversation by forced vaccination proponents.         

·   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.

·    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.

6)  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 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.

7) 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

8)  Also, meet with, call or write your U.S. Congressional Representative and U.S. Senators to educate them about your concerns.  Normally vaccine exemptions are state issues, but two U.S. senators, California Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both inserted themselves by openly calling for the end to non-medical exemptions in California, so it is clear they, along with your Congressional Representative in Washington also need to hear the rest of the story not being told by those pushing the forced vaccination agenda. You can find their contact information on our National Tab when you are logged in to http://NVICAdvocacy.org.

9) Please correct the media when you see misinformation and to affirm the right of families to utilize personal belief exemptions to mandatory vaccination.  Use comment boards for online articles, letters to the editor or editorials for print media, and phone calls and emails to news stations. There has been a lot of misinformation in the media, especially in California.

9)  Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to share their concerns with their legislators as well.

10) Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often.  NVIC Advocacy will post and follow any bills in California that propose to further restrict or eliminate exemptions to mandatory vaccination.

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team 

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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Senator Richard Pan, sponsor of AB 2109 in 2012 plans to introduce a bill to eliminate personal belief exemptions in California. The bill has not been posted as of Feb. 14, 2015.  However, Senator Pan held a press conference on 2/4/2105 to discuss his plans. 

See this news article - Measles outbreak: California politicians urge repeal of 'opt out' provision of vaccination law = 
http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_27458564/legislation-introduced-repeal-opt-out-provision-vaccination-law

Also, California US Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein issued a press release saying only limited medical exemptions should be allowed. https://www.boxer.senate.gov/press/release/boxer-feinstein-urge-california-health-and-human-services-secretary-to-reconsider-states-policy-on-vaccine-exemptions/ 

The Senators’ letter points out that under current California law, parents have two options to opt out of vaccine requirements for school and daycare: they can either make the decision with the help of a health professional, or they can simply check a box claiming that they have religious objections to medical care. The Senators wrote, “We think both options are flawed, and oppose even the notion of a medical professional assisting to waive a vaccine requirement unless there is a medical reason, such as an immune deficiency.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-02-04/california-s-democratic-senators-want-to-end-most-vaccine-exemptions 

 

Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members, 


As many of you may have already heard, California 
Senator Richard Pan and Senator Ben Allen have announced their unfortunate plans to file a bill to eliminate the personal belief exemption in California.

The bill has not been filed yet, so we are asking everyone in California who cares about the right to be able to make informed vaccination decisions for their children, which includes the right to delay or decline a vaccine, to immediately contact their offices with the request for them to not file the bill. Please educate them as to why personal and religious exemptions to mandated vaccinations are important to your family.

It is also critically important that you quickly contact your State Senator and State Assembly Memberand Governor Brown to ask them to support maintaining non-medical belief exemptions to mandatory vaccinations in California and to oppose any effort to repeal or further restrict non-medical exemptions.

The passage of any bill to repeal the personal belief exemption will create an even more hostile environment for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine.

If the California Legislature eliminates the personal belief exemption, the only option left for parents will be medical exemptions that must be signed by a licensed physician. 

Do not put this off thinking somebody else will do it. If this issue is important to you, make the time to educate your legislators because if you don’t, the only information they are getting is the pharma/medical lobby funded forced vaccination agenda that has been responsible for instigating the current frenzy in the media.

Do not let these decisions be made for you by those whose power, positions or profit are dependent on forced vaccination. 

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW

1)  Contact Senator Pan senator.pan@senate.ca.gov and Senator Allen through his aidetiffany.mok@sen.ca.gov and ask them not file a bill to eliminate or further restrict exemptions to mandatory vaccinations and explain why this is important to your family. 

                    



http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/ and http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/

2)  Choose how you would like to deliver your message to your other legislators. The suggested modes of communication below are listed in the order of being more likely to be more impactful on educating your legislator.        

          

a) Make an appointment for a direct personal visit; 







b) Make an appointment to talk directly in a personal phone call;







c) Make an appointment to talk in person to a legislative aide (capitol or district office);







d) Call and talk to a legislative aide to relay a message; or







e) Send a letter, a fax, or an email through web contact forms or legislative email address.

3)  Lookup your State Representative and Senator and their contact information. 

                    

Enter your address here: 
http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/  for your State Assembly Member and State Senator’s contact information.  Find the location of your State Senator’s district office here -http://senate.ca.gov/senators  Find the location of your State Assembly Member’s district office here -http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers.            



                        

Or if you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login at 
http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Click on “Check What is Happening in Your State” on the home page or “My State” on the STATE TEAMS Tab.  Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. Click on them one at a time to display their contact information.

4)  Ask Governor Brown to respect religious rights and the right of Californians to delay or exempt their child from one or more of the vaccines on the one-size-fits-all-schedule for personal or religious beliefs.  California already has a restricted personal belief exemption that requires the additional signature of a health care provider because of the passage of AB 2109 in 2012.  California does not have a separate religious exemption in the law.  When Governor Brown signed AB 2109 on Sept. 30, 2012, he directed the health department to also allow for a separate religious exemption on the form.  







Contact Information for Governor Brown:  
https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

5)  Suggested talking points for legislators:







Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent. 

     Ask them to support maintaining personal belief and religious and to oppose any effort to repeal or restrict these exemptions.        

                                    

            

Share that you are very concerned about the extremely hostile environment a bill like this could create for California families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine.

     Explain why it is important to your family to be able to delay or decline vaccination.  This bill isn’t going to make you vaccinate, it will just make educating your child almost impossible. This is where you could BRIEFLY share your vaccine reaction, harassment, or vaccine failure story to personalize your communication.

     Ask them their position on vaccine exemptions. (Please let us know what you learn!)     

            

                        

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 and these crucial points have been left out of the conversation by forced vaccination proponents.         

·   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.

·    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.

6)  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 at: http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/Reforming-Vaccine-Policy---Law-Guide.aspxYou can include this link in your letters as well.

7) 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

8)  Also, meet with, call or write your U.S. Congressional Representative and U.S. Senators to educate them about your concerns.  Normally vaccine exemptions are state issues, but two U.S. senators, California Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both inserted themselves by openly calling for the end to non-medical exemptions in California, so it is clear they, along with your Congressional Representative in Washington also need to hear the rest of the story not being told by those pushing the forced vaccination agenda. You can find their contact information on our National Tab when you are logged in to http://NVICAdvocacy.org.

9) Please correct the media when you see misinformation and to affirm the right of families to utilize personal belief exemptions to mandatory vaccination.  Use comment boards for online articles, letters to the editor or editorials for print media, and phone calls and emails to news stations. There has been a lot of misinformation in the media, especially in California.

9)  Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to share their concerns with their legislators as well.

10) Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often.  NVIC Advocacy will post and follow any bills in California that propose to further restrict or eliminate exemptions to mandatory vaccination.

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team 

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

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

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