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Mandates flu vaccines for employees and volunteers of health services facilities

Location: MO
Title: Mandates flu vaccines for employees and volunteers of health services facilities
Identifier: SB 117
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Died, failed to be perfected in the senate

Description:

UPDATE: 6/19/2017 - SB 117 failed to be perfected by the senate.  Perfection is the 2nd reading of the bill by the full senate.

http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/info/howbill.htm

V. PERFECTION OF A BILL
If a bill is reported favorably out of committee or a committee substitute is recommended, the bill or committee substitute is placed on the "perfection calendar." When its turn comes up for consideration it is debated on the floor of the House. If committee amendments are recommended, they are first presented, debated, and voted on. Further amendments can then be proposed by any House member. When all amendments have been debated and voted on, a vote is taken on whether to have the bill "perfected and printed," with any amendments incorporated into the bill. If a committee substitute is recommended, the House, after considering any amendments to the committee substitute, will vote on whether to adopt the committee substitute, before taking the vote to have the bill perfected and printed. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members present is sufficient to order a bill perfected and printed. The vote is usually a voice vote but may be by roll call and must, like any other motion, be by roll call if at least five members request it. The newly printed bill carries the word "Perfected" above the bill number.

UPDATE: 5/9/2017 - SB 117 is still on the calendar for perfection for 5/9/2017. 

UPDATE: 3/17/2017 - The committee report for SB 117 was corrected on 3/15/2017 and the bill was placed on the calendar for perfection for 3/27/2017.

UPDATE: 3/9/2017 - SB 117 was placed on the formal calendar for perfection on 3/13/2017.  The new, senate committee substitute version can be read here - http://www.senate.mo.gov/17info/pdf-bill/comm/SB117.pdf

The new version still requires all employees and volunteers of any inspected facility shall be required to receive an influenza vaccination every year.  

An exemption for the influenza vaccination requirement shall be granted for medical contraindications, religious beliefs, or in the case of a vaccine shortage. Employees or volunteers requesting exemption due to medical contraindications shall, upon the request of the department, provide proof of medical contraindications such as a letter from a physician or medical records. Employees or volunteers requesting exemption due to religious beliefs shall, upon the request of the department, provide a written and signed request stating the reason for exemption.

The new version does not include exemptions for conscientious or personal beliefs, however it does change the language for the medial and religious exemptions to be "shall" instead of "may", which is stronger.  However, NVIC is still opposed to this mandate.

V. PERFECTION OF A BILL

If a bill is reported favorably out of committee or a committee substitute is recommended, the bill or committee substitute is placed on the "perfection calendar." When its turn comes up for consideration it is debated on the floor of the House. If committee amendments are recommended, they are first presented, debated, and voted on. Further amendments can then be proposed by any House member. When all amendments have been debated and voted on, a vote is taken on whether to have the bill "perfected and printed," with any amendments incorporated into the bill. If a committee substitute is recommended, the House, after considering any amendments to the committee substitute, will vote on whether to adopt the committee substitute, before taking the vote to have the bill perfected and printed. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members present is sufficient to order a bill perfected and printed. The vote is usually a voice vote but may be by roll call and must, like any other motion, be by roll call if at least five members request it. The newly printed bill carries the word "Perfected" above the bill number.http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/info/howbill.htm

UPDATE: 3/7/2017 - SB 117 was reported out of the Senate Health and Pensions Committee with consent and placed on the consent calendar on 3/2/2017, then removed from the consent calendar on 3/7/2017. 

UPDATE: 1/16/2017- SB 117 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 10:00 am in Room SCR 1.  See corresponding Action Alert published for this bill.

SB 117 is currently 3rd on the agenda - http://www.senate.mo.gov/hearingsschedule/hrings.htm#4 

UPDATE: 1/11/17- SB 117 was referred to Senate Health and Pensions Committee on 1/10/17

UPDATE: 1/5/2017 - The text for SB 117 is now available.  This bill would mandate annual flu vaccines for all employees and volunteers who work in any facility that provides health services that is inspected by the department of health and senior services.  The annual flu vaccine shall be administered to all employees and volunteers of any inspected facility within three months prior to flu season, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An exemption for the influenza vaccination requirement under this section may be granted for medical contraindications, religious

beliefs, or in the case of a vaccine shortage.  However, exemptions are not required by this new law to be granted. 

SB 117 was prefiled on Dec. 1, 2016 for the legislation session that starts on Jan. 4, 2016 in Missouri.  This bill is sponsored by Senator Jill Schupp.  

The summary of this bill states - Requires employee and volunteers of specified public and private institutions to receive an influenza vaccination every year. 

The actual text is not posted as of 12/5/2016.  When the text is available we will post it here and determine what position to take. 

Senator Schupp sponsored a bill in the 2016 session concerning this issue that died, SB 819 .   

http://www.senate.mo.gov/17info/pdf-bill/intro/SB117.pdf - text of SB 117 as introduced. 

http://www.senate.mo.gov/17info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=57095289 - text, status and history