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Requires schools to post the number of children exempted from vaccinations

Location: OR
Title: Requires schools to post the number of children exempted from vaccinations
Identifier: SB 895A
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Signed by the governor 7/27/2015, Chapter 802, 2015 laws, Effective 7/27/15

Description:

UPDATE: 7/30/2015 - SB 895A was signed by the governor and goes into effect on July 27, 2015.  

Contact Governor Brown and ask her to veto SB 895A - http://www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/index.aspx 

UPDATE: 7/1/2015 - SB 895A passed the senate on June 30, 2015 and the house on 7/2/2015 with a vote of 39 yes and 21 no. 

Vote in the Senate:

Third reading. Carried by Steiner Hayward. Passed.Ayes, 19; nays, 10--Baertschiger Jr, Boquist, Ferrioli, Girod, Hansell, Knopp, Kruse, Thatcher, Whitsett, Winters; excused, 1--Olsen.
Vote:
  • Baertschiger Jr Nay
  • Bates Aye
  • Beyer Aye
  • Boquist Nay
  • Dembrow Aye
  • Devlin Aye
  • Edwards Aye
  • Ferrioli Nay
  • Gelser Aye
  • Girod Nay
  • Hansell Nay
  • Hass Aye
  • Johnson Aye
  • Knopp Nay
  • Kruse Nay
  • Monnes Anderson Aye
  • Monroe Aye
  • Olsen Excused
  • Prozanski Aye
  • Riley Aye
  • Roblan Aye
  • Rosenbaum Aye
  • Shields Aye
  • Steiner Hayward Aye
  • Thatcher Nay
  • Thomsen Aye
  • Whitsett Nay
  • Winters Nay
  • Burdick Aye
  • President Courtney


UPDATE: 6/28/2015 - SB 895A was passed by the Joint Committee on Ways and Means on 6/26/15 by a vote of 15 yes, -6 no and -3 excused.  https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB895/A-Engrossed 

The current version requires schools to report on vaccine exemptions beginning with the 2015 - 2016 school year. 

(b) Each school and children’s facility shall report annually to the authority on the
number  of children in the area served by the school or children’s facility who are in attend-
ance at the school or children’s facility conditionally because of an incomplete immunization
schedule.
(c) Each local health department shall make available to each school and children’s fa-
cility in the area served by the local health department data on the immunization rate, by
disease, of children in the area. Upon request, the authority shall assist local health depart-
ments in compiling data for purposes of this paragraph.


UPDATE: 6/8/2015 -  SB 895 has not moved out of the Ways and Means Committee. 

SB 895 was amended and passed the Senate Education Committee on 4/27.  The bill was referred to the Ways and Means Committee by order of the Senate President.  The amended version still requires schools and children's facilities to provide information on immunization status of children served by the school.  

(b) Each school and children’s facility shall report annually to the authority on the
number  of children in the area served by the school or children’s facility who are in attend-
ance at the school or children’s facility conditionally because of an incomplete immunization
schedule.
(c) Each local health department shall make available to each school and children’s fa-
cility in the area served by the local health department data on the immunization rate, by
disease, of children in the area. Upon request, the authority shall assist local health depart-
ments in compiling data for purposes of this paragraph.

(3)(a) For the purpose of providing parents with the information necessary  to  protect
their children’s health, each school and children’s facility shall make available the  informa-
tion reported and received by the school and children’s facility pursuant to subsection (2)  of
this  section:
(A)  At  the  main  office  of  the  school  or  children’s  facility;
(B)  On  the  school’s  or  school  district’s  website  or  on  the  children’s  facility’s  website,  if
available; and
(C) To the parents of the children who attend the school or children’s facility, in the form
of a paper document or electronic communication that includes the information in a clear
and easy to understand manner.
(b) The information required to be made available under paragraph (a) of this subsection
must be made available at the beginning of each school year and not later than one month
after the date that children may be excluded as provided by ORS 433.267. 

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB895 - SB895A

UPDATE: SB 895 is scheduled for a hearing on April 9th in the Senate Education Committee. 

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SED/2015-04-09-13-00/Agenda - hearing agenda

SB 895 was referred to the Senate Education Committee on 3/6/2015 and is sponsored by Senator Steiner-Hayward.  This bill would require schools to make available the number of children exempted from vaccination on their web site or at the main office if the school does not maintain a web site. 

New Section (b)

(2)(a)  The  local  health  department  and  all  schools  and  children’s  facilities  shall  report  annually
to  the  Oregon  Health  Authority  on  the  number  of  children  in  the  area  served  and  the  number  of
children  who  are  susceptible  to  restrictable  disease  as  prescribed  by  the  authority’s  rules  pursuant
to  ORS  433.273.  A  child  exempted  under  ORS  433.267  shall  be  considered  to  be  susceptible.

(b) Each school and children’s facility shall make available the information reported under paragraph (a) of this subsection:

(A)  At  the  main  office  for  the  school  or  children’s  facility;  and
(B) On the website for the school, school district or children’s facility, if available.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB895/Introduced - text of SB 895

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/SB895 - status and history for SB 895

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SED/Overview - Senate Education Committee information