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Eliminate personal belief exemptions

Location: ME
Title: Eliminate personal belief exemptions
Identifier: LD 606
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died on May 29, 2015

Description:

UPDATE: 5/30/2015 - LD 606 died on 5/29/2015. 

UPDATE: 5/21/2015 - LD 606 is scheduled for a work session on May 22, 2015 - http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/phwksched.html?CODE=HHS&snum=127 

UPDATE: 5/7/2015 - LD 606 had a public hearing on Monday May 11, 2015 in Health and Human Services at 9:30 AM in the Cross Building, Room 209.   Testimony presenting during that hearing is available here - http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=606&PID=1456&snum=127&sec3# 

UPDATE: 3/4/2015 - Committee on Health and Human Services suggested and ordered printed. 
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.

LD 606 was referred to the Health and Human Services Committee on 3/3/2015.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Ralph Tucker. 

Current law allows exemptions because of a person's philosophical beliefs from immunization requirements for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities.

This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions because of philosophical beliefs from its rules.

https://www1.maine.gov/legis/house/hsebios/tuckrl.htm - Rep. Tucker's legislative page

https://www1.maine.gov/legis/house/jt_com/hum.htm - committee information 

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_127th/billtexts/HP041901.asp - text 

http://www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/dockets.asp?ID=280055087 - status and history for LD 606

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According to the news article below, Rep. Ralph Tucker, D-Brunswick plans to introduce a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption to vaccination in Maine.  He is quoted as saying, "My goal is to get the percentage of unvaccinated kids in schools down," Tucker said. "I'm looking for performance."

The bill had been made available yet.  It will be posted here when it is available. 

 - news article