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Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination

Location: NY
Title: Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination
Identifier: S52, A1810
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session

Description:

UPDATE: S52/A1810 failed to move in the 2017 legislative session ended.  However, bills can carry over to 2018 in New York if the sponsor requests it. 

S52 has been filed and referred to the Senate Health Committee.  This bill is sponsored by Senator Hoylman.  This bill would eliminate the current law that allows for religious belief exemptions in NY, subdivision 9 of section 2164.  The companion bill A1810 was introduced on 1/13/2017 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Health.  This bill is sponsored by Assembly Member Dinowitz.

S52 and A1810 would eliminate Subdivision 9 of section 2164 of the public health law:


9. This section shall not apply to children whose parent, parents, or guardian hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required, and no certificate shall be required as a prerequisite to such children being admitted or received into school or attending school. 

For more information on the importance of protecting religious freedom and the religious belief exemptions in state law watch Barbara Loe Fisher's testimony given in the Virginia Legislature here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzAxnmmU1UU  


http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&term=2017&bn=S52 - text, status and history for S52