|Posted by Myra on February 11, 2011 at 3:40 AM|
Wash. State vaccine exemptions threatened
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Please, PLEASE forward to all your contacts in Washington state.
From Dawn Winkler of Health Advocacy in the Public Interest and a co-director of NVIC Advocacy in Colorado www.hapihealth.com
There are two bills in WA state that threaten the personal beliefs and religious exemptions. Both bills will mean that parents claiming a personal belief or religious exemption have to have a statement signed by a medical practitioner. Although the bills proposed allow state licensed naturopathic doctors to sign an exemption statement, the change would mean a paid visit to a naturopath for a non-medical exemption, in effect adding a "tax" to those choosing to forgo state mandated vaccines for school or daycare. This proposed law change will make it more difficult for parents making a conscientious choice to exempt their child/children from state mandates, and is just one more step in the direction of taking exemptions away. If we allow these bills to pass, we are allowing the state to tell us that we must have a state licensed doctor to back up our ability to make independent healthcare choices for our families. This will be a HUGE change to Washington State's exemption process.
SB5005 is going to the Senate floor for a second reading, but will then have to go to the House. There will be opportunity for public testimony in a committee hearing on that side.
HB1015 is sitting in the House Rules Committee. If it gets out, it will go to the Senate. And, again, there will be opportunity for public testimony in the committee hearing.
There was testimony in opposition at one committee hearing, but none in the other hearing. My understanding is that this is the THIRD year this bill has been attempted. It was killed the prior two years but some of the key people responsible are gone. We need to get people to start contacting their legislators and figure out who might be able to go testify. These bills will make it through if there is no public testimony in opposition when they go through committee hearings again.
I will put together the necessary information and get it on the NVIC's state portal, but in the meantime I am putting feelers out for those who are willing and able to testify in Olympia; no hearing dates have been set. There is a chance to kill HB1015 in Rules committee right now if enough people can call those members. That would be ideal so that it won't make it over to the Senate. Then there would only be one bill to fight instead of two.
This is the House Rules Committee List. Here's the link http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/RUL/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx
Representative Room Phone
Chopp, Frank (D) Chair LEG 339C (360) 786-7920
DeBolt, Richard (R) * LEG 335C (360) 786-7896
Angel, Jan (R) MOD A 105 (360) 786-7964
Armstrong, Mike (R) LEG 425B (360) 786-7832
Dahlquist, Cathy (R) MOD D 203 (360) 786-7846
Eddy, Deb (D) LEG 132D (360) 786-7848
Frockt, David (D) MOD D 104 (360) 786-7886
Goodman, Roger (D) MOD E 101 (360) 786-7878
Green, Tami (D) LEG 122H (360) 786-7958
Johnson, Norm (R) MOD G 103 (360) 786-7810
Kelley, Troy (D) MOD D 106 (360) 786-7890
Kretz, Joel (R) LEG 335A (360) 786-7988
Maxwell, Marcie (D) MOD D 103 (360) 786-7894
Moeller, Jim (D) LEG 429B (360) 786-7872
Orwall, Tina (D) MOD E 201 (360) 786-7834
Pettigrew, Eric (D) LEG 434B (360) 786-7838
Probst, Tim (D) MOD E 103 (360) 786-7994
Rivers, Ann (R) MOD A 203 (360) 786-7850
Ryu, Cindy (D) MOD F 106 (360) 786-7880
Schmick, Joe (R) MOD A 103 (360) 786-7844
Short, Shelly (R) MOD A 204 (360) 786-7908
Springer, Larry (D) LEG 132E (360) 786-7822
Sullivan, Pat (D) LEG 339A (360) 786-7858
Van De Wege, Kevin (D) LEG 434A (360) 786-7916
Warnick, Judy (R) MOD C 201 (360) 786-7932
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