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Restricts conscientious and religious belief exemptions to vaccination

Location: OK
Title: Restricts conscientious and religious belief exemptions to vaccination
Identifier: SB 83
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move out of the full Senate in 2017

Description:

UPDATE: 3/23/2017 - SB 83 failed to move out of the full senate by a vote of 26 NO and 16 YES.  Senator Yen asked for the vote to be reconsidered and that failed by a vote of 22 Yes and 17 NO, 25 Yes votes were needed.  You can view the votes here - http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf/2017-18%20SUPPORT%20DOCUMENTS/votes/Senate/SB83_VOTES.HTM

Bills can carry over from odd-numbered to even-numbered years.

UPDATE: 3/23/2017 - SB 83 is being debated on the senate floor.  Video is available here - http://oksenate.gov/livechamber.htm 

UPDATE: 3/3/2017 - A senate floor version of SB 83 was posted on 2/28/2017 -  http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2017-18%20FLR/SFLR/SB83%20SFLR.PDF 

The substitute version that passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee restricts the religious belief exemption in Oklahoma and discriminates those exercising their religious and conscientious beliefs by subjecting them to state mandated so-called education in order to exercise rights. For more information on the importance of protecting religious freedom and the religious belief exemptions from discrimination watch Barbara Loe Fisher's testimony given in the Virginia Legislature here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzAxnmmU1UU  

UPDATE: 2/27/2017 - SB 83 was put on the agenda for the meeting today in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on short notice and passed committee as a substitute.  

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/oklahoma-senate-committee-passes-watered-down-vaccination-bill/article_83896653-ab5e-5721-9df6-0abfb41143fc.html - news article about the amended bill. 

Substitute version that passed committee today: 

http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2017-18%20COMMITTEE%20AMENDMENTS/Senate/SB83%20PCS.PDF

The committee substitute version requires: 

2. A written statement by the parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child attesting that they have viewed the















information required by subsection B of this section and objecting to immunization of the child; whereupon the child shall be exempt from the immunization laws of this state.































B. A nonmedical exemption granted pursuant to paragraph 2 of















subsection A of this section shall only be valid for two (2) school















years and only after the parent or guardian:















1. Views information regarding the risks of not vaccinating















their child on a website maintained by the State Department of















Health; and















2. Submits a notarized document attesting that they have viewed















the information required by this subsection, certifying that he or















she has viewed the information specified in paragraph 1 of this















subsection.















C. The Department shall develop and maintain a stable Internet















website to provide the information described in subsection B of this















section. No information regarding who uses the website shall be















collected or maintained by the Department. The website created















pursuant to this section shall:

1. Ensure that the materials and form described in subsection B















of this section are printable only after viewing information about















the risks of not vaccinating a child;















2. Provide clear and prominent instructions on how to receive















the information in printed form;















3. Be accessible to the public without requiring registration















or use of a user name, a password or another user identification;















and















4. Only contain information that conforms to the highest















standards of academic research, including but not limited to peer review.















SECTION 2. This act shall become effective July 1, 2017.































SB 83 was introduced on 1/4/2017 and will have first reading on 2/6/2017.  This bill is sponsored by Senator Yen and eliminates the personal and religious belief exemptions to vaccination in Oklahoma. 

http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB83&session=1700 - text, status and history for SB 83. 

http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2017-18%20INT/SB/SB83%20INT.PDF - text of SB 83 as introduced. 

http://www.newson6.com/story/34271869/okc-doctor-senator-pushes-for-proposed-vaccination-bill , http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-lawmaker-takes-another-shot-vaccination-bill - news articles quoting Senator Yen 

This bill is similar to SB 1478 that died in the 2016 legislative session that would have eliminated the conscientious belief exemption but leave a religious exemption.  SB 83 eliminates both conscientious and religious leaving only medical exemptions.