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RESTRICTS conscientious/religious exemptions, requires health care practitioner counselling

Location: TX
Title: RESTRICTS conscientious/religious exemptions, requires health care practitioner counselling
Identifier: HB 241
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died failing to get a hearing in House Committee on Public Health on 2/21/2017

Description:

UPDATE 5/28/2017: HB 241 died failing to gather enough support to even get a hearing.  Note that cosponsors Davis and Sheffield were authors of other bills this session detrimental to informed consent, medical privacy, and exemption rights.

UPDATE 2/15/2017: HB 241 was referred to the House Committee on Public Health on 2/13/2017.

HB 241 was introduced on 11/14/2016 and is sponsored by Rep. Howard.  This bill would require anyone using a conscientious or religious belief exemption to vaccination to complete counseling with a health care practitioner.  

This would apply to all students, employees of child care facilities and employees of health care facilities using a conscientious or religious belief exemption to vaccination.  

The health department shall develop a blank health care practitioner counseling certification form to be completed by a

physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant who has counseled a person and, if the person is a minor,

the person ’s parent, managing conservator, or guardian, about the risks and benefits of immunization. 

The form must include the following statement or substantially similar language: "I certify that I have provided medically accurate information on the risks and benefits of immunization."

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=HB241 - text, status and history for HB 241