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Adds a personal conviction exemption to vaccination

Location: IA
Title: Adds a personal conviction exemption to vaccination
Identifier: HF 7
Stance: SUPPORT
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move out of committee in 2017

Description:

UPDATE: 2/8/2017 - HF 7 passed the subcommittee, however failed to move out of the full committee.  However, bills can carry over from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years.

SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
House File 7
Human Resources: Holt, Chair; Salmon and Wessel-Kroeschell.

UPDATE: 1/26/2017 - news article on HF 7 - http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/bill-allowing-iowans-personal-conviction-exemption-to-immunizations-advances-20170126 

HF 7 was introduced on 1/17/2017 and referred to the House Human Resources Committee.  This bill is sponsored by Rep. Ken Rizer.   This bill would add a personal conviction exemption to vaccination for elementary and secondary school school students and licensed child care centers by adding the following new section to existing law:

NEW SUBPARAGRAPH: 

(3) The applicant, or if the applicant 9 is a minor, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian, submits 10 an affidavit signed by the applicant, or if the applicant is 11 a minor, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian, stating 12 that the applicant opposes the immunizations on the basis of 13 personal conviction.


Existing law: http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/cool-ice/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=iowacode&ga=83&input=139A#139A.8 

(4) a. Immunization is not required for a person's enrollment in any elementary or secondary school or licensed child care center if either of the following applies:

  (1) The applicant, or if the applicant is a minor, the applicant's parent or legal guardian, submits to the admitting official a statement signed by a physician, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who is licensed by the board of medicine, board of nursing, or board of physician assistants that the immunizations required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the applicant or any member of the applicant's family.

 (2) The applicant, or if the applicant is a minor, the applicant's parent or legal guardian, submits an affidavit signed by the applicant, or if the applicant is a minor, the applicant's parent or legal guardian, stating that the immunization conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized religious denomination of which the applicant is an adherent or member.

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF%207 - text, status and history