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Location: WI
Title: Possible legislation to eliminate exemptions to vaccination in WI, 2019
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Dear Wisconsin NVIC Advocacy Members,

We want to make you aware that some legislators have been quoted in the media as saying they support eliminating personal belief exemptions or intend on introducing legislation to do so.

If and when a bill is filed in WI, NVIC Advocacy will post and track it on the NVIC Advocacy portal. 

There are a few things you can do now.  Contact Representatives Kolste and Hintz.  Tell them not to introduce or support legislation to eliminate exemptions to vaccines.  Explain why this is an important issue for your family.  If someone in your family has suffered a vaccine injury, share your story with them.  Also contact your own personal Wisconsin State Senator and Assembly Rep.

Rep. Hintz

Madison Office:
Room 201 West
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone: (608) 266-2254 (888) 534-0054

Fax: (608) 282-3654

District Phone: (920) 232-0805


Voting Address:
502 East Irving Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Rep. Kolste -

Madison Office:
Room 107 North
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708 Telephone: (608) 266-7503 (888) 947-0044

Fax: (608) 282-3644


Voting Address:
4105 Parkview Dr.
Janesville, WI 53546

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Rep. Debra Kolste, D-Janesville, said she supports removing the personal conviction waiver. Kolste is on the Assembly Committee for Health and is a former medical technologist.

Hintz acknowledged that the goal is to keep herd immunity strong across the state, in whatever way necessary. He said conversations about the importance of vaccination, compelling personal stories, or restrictions on personal conviction waivers could be the first steps toward change.

But he’s pushing for the personal conviction waiver removal because, he said, it’s “the best way” to reach that goal.

“I think as leaders, we don’t do enough on public health in a number of areas that deserve more attention,” Hintz said.

“This is one where, for decades, we did and we were successful at reducing human suffering. So, in addition to being more proactive, I think we really need to worry about reversing the trend that we’re seeing is heading in the wrong direction.”

He plans to re-introduce the bill this legislative session.


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Gordon Hintz

February 6 at 6:35 PM ·

The issue goes beyond ideology, Hintz said. Vaccination is a question of the social compact.

“What people need to understand is, we’re not telling anybody that they have to get vaccinated,” Hintz said. “We’re saying if you want to enter public schools and interact with other children, you’re not going to risk their livelihood and health.”