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Requires the dept. to adopt rules to implement all federally recommended vaccines within 90 days

Location: HI
Title: Requires the dept. to adopt rules to implement all federally recommended vaccines within 90 days
Identifier: HB 1946/SB 2393
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: Contact your legislators and ask them to oppose HB 1946/SB 2393
Status: Died, SB 2393 failed to move out of CPH Committee, HB 1946 failed to move

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UPDATE 4/21/2016: SB 2393 hearing was deferred by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Public Health on 2/4/2016 and failed to move forward.  The legislative session is scheduled to end on May 5, 2016.  Bills can only be carried over from odd to even years.  

UPDATE 1/29/2016: SB 2393 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Public Health on 2/4/2016.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/hearingnotices/HEARING_CPH_02-04-16_.htm - hearing notice for SB 2393 

HB 1946 and SB 2393, to require the dept. to adopt rules to implement all federally recommended vaccines within 90 days, were introduced on 1/25/2016.  SB 2393 was referred to the Senate Committees on Commerce and Public Health and Judiciary and Labor.  HB 1946 is sponsored by Rep. BELATTI, KOBAYASHI and MORIKAWA.  SB 2393 is sponsored by Senators BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, DELA CRUZ, KIDANI, NISHIHARA, SHIMABUKURO, TOKUDA, Espero, Keith-Agaran and Kim. 

If these bills pass, all vaccines that are federally recommended by the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) would be adopted in Hawaii.  The current law being amended, 325-32 does not apply to just children in school, it applies to all ages. Current law in HI allows the director of health in consultation with the state epidemiologist to add or make changes to vaccines that are mandated according to the Administrative Rule Process, Chapter 91.  These bills would exempt the department from the rule making process and require all vaccines that are recommended be adopted for HI within 90 days.  The law would go into effect on July 1, 2016.  

From the legislative declaration in the bills:

Given the potential for communicable diseases to spread rapidly, it is incumbent upon states to adopt the Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations as quickly as possible.  The legislature therefore finds that the rapid adoption, amendment, or repeal of rules regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' immunization recommendations outweighs the public notice, hearing, and comment requirements of the State's rulemaking procedures under chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?year=2016&billtype=HB&billnumber=1946 - text, status and history for HB 1946

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2393&year=2016 - text, status and history for SB 2393

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1138&year=2013 - previous bill that was passed in 2013 . This bill gave the authority to the dept. to adopt, amend or repeal rules based on ACIP recommendations, however it was not a mandate and they still had to go through the Administrative Rule Process.