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Requires school districts to report exemptions, gives Health and Ed Dept. rule making authority

Location: OK
Title: Requires school districts to report exemptions, gives Health and Ed Dept. rule making authority
Identifier: SB 725
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: Watch for movement next session
Status: Failed to pass full house in 2017


UPDATE: 5/10/2017 - SB 725 passed the House Common Education Committee on 4/11/2017 as a committee substitute - The OK legislative session is scheduled to end on approximately 5/26/2017, however bills can carry over from odd numbered to even numbered years.

UPDATE: 3/29/2017 - SB 725 was referred to the House Common Education Committee. 

UPDATE: 3/23/2017 - SB 725 passed the full senate by a vote of 28 yes, 13 no and 6 excused.  See the vote here -

UPDATE 2/15/2017: SB 725 passed the Senate Committee on Education with amendments on 2/13/2017.  The committee report is available here - 

UPDATE 2/3/2017: SB 725 will have a second reading on 2/7/2017 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

SB 725 is scheduled for a first reading on 2/6/17.  This bill is sponsored by Senator AJ Griffin.  This bill would require school districts to report exemptions to the health department every year.  It would also give authority to Departments of Education and health to write rules to implement the exemption law section. 

New law: 

B. Each school district in this state shall report the number
and type of exemptions from vaccinations as provided by subsection A
of this section to the State Department of Health. Such information
shall be submitted to the Department on or before July 1st of each
year, and shall include information from the most recently completed
school year.

C. The State Department of Education and the State Department
of Health shall promulgate rules to implement this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall become effective July 1, 2017.

The department of health already has this information.  See information for parents on exemptions -,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Immunizations/Vaccines_for_School/index.html#HowToMeetRequirements :

Schools send a copy of all exemption certificates to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Immunization Service for approval.  In the meantime, the child should be admitted to school.  All exemptions are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Immunization Service.  Schools are then notified as to whether or not an exemption has been is approved.  When  a school receives notification that an exemption has not been approved, the school must notify the parent.  The parent must complete and submit another exemption certificate or present an immunization record in order for the child to continue to attend school. - text, status and history