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Restricts the current religious belief exemption in NM

Location: NM
Title: Restricts the current religious belief exemption in NM
Identifier: HB 522
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move forward, Died

Description:

The NM legislative session ended at Noon, March 21, 2015.  HB 522 failed to move forward.  

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lcsdocs/sessionsdates.pdf - NM session dates 

http://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2015/07/26/nm-bill-to-end-immunization-exemptions-killed#.VbWHrHP0o7U.twitter - news article about the bill failing to move

HB 522 was introduced on 2/20/2015.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Armstrong.  This bill removes the following individual religious belief exemption to vaccination:

(3) affidavits or written affirmation from his
parent or legal guardian that his religious beliefs, held
either individually or jointly with others, do not permit the
administration of vaccine or other immunizing agent.

The remaining religious exemption requires the signature from an officer of a recognized religious denomination that the child's parents or guardians are bona fide members of a denomination whose religious teaching requires reliance upon prayer or spiritual means alone for healing.  

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/15%20Regular/bills/house/HB0522.pdf - text of HB 522

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=522&year=15 - status and history for HB 522

According to a news article published on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in the Albuquerque Journal, Bill would close vaccine exemption, By , a bill will be filed in New Mexico to severely restrict the religious exemption to vaccination in New Mexico. 

The bill sponsored by Rep. Deborah Armstrong.  Tim Rothfeld, an Albuquerque pediatrician who approached Armstrong about tightening the state’s vaccine laws, said there is no science that shows vaccinations are harmful to children.

http://www.abqjournal.com/543029/news/bill-would-close-vaccine-exemption.html - news article

The text of the bill has not been made available yet.  NVIC Advocacy will post more information here on the NVIC Advocacy Portal as it is made available. 

Contact your NM State Legislators and ask them not to support this bill.