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Advocacy Guide

A Guide to Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law

This guide explains the basis for the legislative work we do with the NVIC Advocacy Program to protect and expand vaccine exemptions.  You can use this 55 page referenced guide with legislators and policy makers to help educate them about the importance of the bills we advocate for or against.
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Welcome to the NVIC Advocacy Portal (NVICAP)

Achieving and protecting the right to informed consent to vaccination is more important now than ever before, and we need your help to make that happen. NVIC wants to help you, our members, to organize and make a difference in your home state right where you live to protect and expand vaccine exemptions.  It is at the state level that mass vaccination policies are made, and it is at the state level where your action to protect your rights can have the greatest impact.  Also, when national vaccine issues occur, you will be plugged in to the information and action items necessary to make sure your voice is heard. 

Register to be an NVIC Advocacy Team Member:  Just minutes of your time on letters, emails, and phone calls to your state legislators and the media can make the difference.  NVIC will send you advocacy alert emails when action is needed to support efforts in your own state and nationally on important legislation and policy to protect and expand vaccination exemption laws.  We will provide you with the steps, tools and connection to leaders and organizations to help you make a positive impact on your rights to exercise informed consent in the vaccination decision making process.  

With your registration information, we are able to calculate exactly who your elected officials are and display direct links to connect you to them on your personal view of your state team page.  This also allows us to reach you by email with a dedicated alert for your state when action on a bill is critical.  Registration information is kept confidential within NVIC.

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Bills to Watch



State Bill
Number
Date
Posted
Position Status Title
AL HB 60/ SB 45 2/11/2018 OPPOSE HB 60 Passed the house committee; SB 45 passed House committee on 2/8 Requires daycare providers to provide parents with information on flu and flu vaccines annually
AL HB 76 2/5/2018 OPPOSE Passed the full House on 2/1/2018 Requires religious daycares/preschools to give Dept. of Human Services vaccine records on request
AZ SB 1383 2/19/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/25/2018, not active Requires foster parents to vaccinate thier natural and adoptive children to be licensed
AZ SB 1358 2/19/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/24/2018, not active Requires public and charter schools to post exemption information
CA AB 1992 2/5/2018 WATCH Introduced on 2/2/2018 Changes to immunization requirements for CalWORKs benefit program
FL CS/CS/HB 1045 (also see CS/SB 1680) 2/16/2018 OPPOSE Passed the House Health and Human Services Committee, 2/1/18 Forced vaccine tracking of your family
FL HB 41/SB 444 2/12/2018 WATCH HB 41 Passed 3rd reading after being substituted for SB 444 Establishes pregnancy support program
FL SB 1558/ HB 1343 2/9/2018 OPPOSE HB 1343 referred to Health Quality Subcommittee, Education and Health and Human Services Committees Adds HPV Mandate to the list of vaccines required for school
FL CS/SB 1680 (also see CS/HB 1045) 1/27/2018 OPPOSE In Senate Education Committee after passing Senate Health Policy Coimmittee Forced vaccine tracking of your family
FL SB 1182 1/11/2018 OPPOSE Withdrawn from further consideration 1/11/2018 Requires schools to distribute information on HPV Vaccine to parents of 6th grade students
GA HR 240 7/5/2017 OPPOSE Passed, creates study committee that will recommend action/legislation Creates a House Study Committee to address barriers to health care, including vaccine issues
HI HB 1950 2/19/2018 OPPOSE Scheduled to be heard by CPC on 2/21 Mandates reporting to registry by pharmacists, expands authority to include standing orders
HI SB 3061/HB 2622 1/26/2018 SUPPORT SB 3061 referred to CPH and JDC Committees, HB 2622 introduced Requires written informed consent before vaccines can be administered
HI HB 1951 1/22/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to IAC and CPC Committees Requires Dental Hygienists to get a Hepatitis B Vaccine
HI HB 779 1/17/2018 SUPPORT Carried over from 2017, referred to House Committees on Health and Judiciary on 1/17/2018 Establishes a philosophical belief exemption to vaccination, allows for in house quarantine
IA HF 2293 2/9/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to House Human Resources Committee on 2/8/2018 Requires school districts fo conduct health and safety visits for children under private instruction
IA HF 2099 1/25/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/25/2018 Allows pharmacists to administer meningitis vaccines to children over 6
ID HB 393 2/15/2018 OPPOSE Passed the Senate committee on 2/13/2018 Extends and amends the Idaho Immunization Assessment Board
ID SB 1227 2/3/2018 SUPPORT Introduced on 1/24/2018, referred to Senate Health and Welfare Committee Clarifies exemptions to vaccinations for school and daycare do not have to be on a state form
IL HB 4475/SB 2654 2/12/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/31/2018 and 2/8/2018 Requires school boards provide information on flu and flu vaccines
IL HB 2984 11/8/2017 OPPOSE Passed the house, referred to Assignments in the Senate Allows any facility licensed by the health dept. to mandate flu vaccines for health care personnel
IN HB 1058 1/24/2018 OPPOSE Passed the House on 1/23 Requires residents of housing with services be given flu and flu vaccine information
IN SB 18 1/11/2018 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services on 1/3/18 Requires schools to inform parents of their right to exemptions from vaccine requirements
KS HB 2205 5/10/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move out of commitee in 2017 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines for children 11 and 16 years old
KS HB 2121 5/10/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move out of committee in 2017 Requires all vaccines administered to be reported to the vaccine registry/tracking system
LA HB 74 2/16/2018 OPPOSE Prefiled and referred to the House Committee on Education Requires schools to give information to parents on flu and flu vaccines
LA HCR51 6/8/2017 OPPOSE Passed, delivered to the Secretary of State 6/8/2017 Requests the health dept. to adopt rules requiring reporting of vaccine information
MA H3224/S1219 12/18/2017 OPPOSE Hearings held in Joint Committee on Public Health, 10/17/17 Expands the current vaccine registry/tracking system to include vision screening
MA HD2179/H.2440 12/18/2017 OPPOSE Hearing held on 12/18/2017 Requires hospitals to offer flu vaccines to patients 65 and older before discharge
MA H.1179 12/18/2017 WATCH Hearing held in the Joint Committee on Public Health on 10/17/17 Allows parents and individuals to opt-out of the vaccine tracking system
ME LD 1664 2/19/2018 OPPOSE Passed the House and sent for concurrence on 2/15/2018 Legislative review of rule that added meningitis vaccine mandate for 7th and 12th grade students
ME LD 272/HP 205 2/3/2018 OPPOSE Dead pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for 11 to 20 year olds
ME LD 456/HP 323 8/5/2017 WATCH Died, failed to move out of the Senate Allows pharmacists to administer all ACIP recommended vaccines to children 11 and older
MI HB 5162/HB 5163 12/1/2017 SUPPORT Hearing held 11/30/2017 Removes authority of the health dept. to adopt rules for age, doses and new vaccines
MI HB 4426 5/25/2017 SUPPORT Hearing held in the House Education Reform Committee, 5/25/2017, no vote taken Requires the health dept. to comply with state law only on vaccine exemptions
MI HB 4425 5/25/2017 SUPPORT Hearing held in the House Education Reform Committee, no vote taken Restricts health dept. from adopting/enforcing additional requirements for vaccine exemptions
MN HF 96/SF 143 12/27/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in 2017 session, bills carry over from odd to even years Changes conscientious belief exemption to personal belief exemption, requires physician statement
MN HF 2379/SF 1994 7/5/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in 2017 session, bills carry over from odd to even years Allows minors to consent to HPV Vaccines
MN HF 2005 7/5/2017 SUPPORT Failed to move in 2017 session, bills carry over from odd to even years Requires healthcare providers administering vaccines to provide informed consent to patients/parents
MN SF 1129/HF 2469 3/21/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in 2017 session, bills carry over from odd to even years Allows minors to consent to HPV Vaccines
MO HB 2139 2/19/2018 WATCH Passed the House committee on 2/15 Repeals and reenacts current law on daycare exemptions, adds new section for homeless children
MO SB 776 1/27/2018 OPPOSE Hearing scheduled for 1/31/2018 Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children any age as recommended by ACIP
MO SB 741 1/4/2018 SUPPORT Introduced 1/3/2018 Establishes new law that no child or adult shall be administerd a vaccine containing mercury
MO SB 760 1/4/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/3/2018 Mandatory flu vaccines for employees and volunteers in all inspected facilities
MO HB 1560 12/15/2017 SUPPORT Introduced 1/3/2018 Prohibits discrimination against children who are not vaccinated
MS HB 146 1/31/2018 OPPOSE Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Creates program to decrease disparitites in disease prevention, including adult and child vaccines
MS SB 2059 1/31/2018 WATCH Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Adds philosophical and religious belief exemptions to vaccination for school children
MS HB 1505 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Adds a religious belief exemption to vaccination
MS HB 47 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Allows adults to deny vaccines, provides protection, adds philosophical exemption for 1st responders
MS HB 414 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Prohibits Hepatitis B vaccination at birth unless parents request it
MS SB 2057 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Died in committee on 1/30/2018 Directs the State Health Officer to require vaccine information statements be given
NE LR 147 7/5/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 session, bills carry over from odd to even Interim study concerning mandatory reporting of vaccines to the tracking system, NESIIS
NH HB 1367 1/31/2018 SUPPORT Executive Session: 01/25/2018 LOB 205 Makes Technical Correction to Vaccine Requirements to Reflect Passage of HB 362 Last Session
NH SB 381 1/20/2018 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 1/24/2018 Eliminates Hepatitis B Vaccine Requirement
NH HB 1617 1/15/2018 SUPPORT Hearing scheduled for 1/24/2018 Adds definitions for vaccine/vaccination into communicable disease law
NH HB 1503 1/15/2018 OPPOSE Scheduled for a hearing 1/24/2018 in House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee Allows minors 16 and older to consent to all medical procedures, including vaccines
NJ A2397 2/5/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/1/2018 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Allows the Commissioner of Health to adopt rules for mandatory vaccination of healthcare vendors
NJ S941 1/17/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Senate Higher Education Committee on 1/16/2018 Mandates Meningitis Vaccines as recommended by ACIP for residential students at 4 year colleges
NJ A1847 1/16/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/9/2018 and referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Mandates HPV Vaccines for students in grades six through 12
NY S6141D 1/30/2018 SUPPORT Amended and recommitted to Senate Committee on Education 1/29/2018 Allows parents to use a religious belief exemption form
NY S3941/A3899A 1/4/2018 OPPOSE Referred to codes on 1/3/2018 Expands vaccine tracking system to release blood lead levels to schools
NY S1043A/A2857A 1/4/2018 WATCH A2857A amended and recommitted to Higher Ed, S1043A passed the senate 6/15/2017 Allows pharmacy interns to administer vaccines
NY S2955/A3912 1/3/2018 OPPOSE A3912 referred to Assembly Education Committee on 1/3/2018 Requires school district reporting vaccine exemptions by school to Education Department for public
NY S3546 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Requires a physician signature for a religious belief exemption to vaccination
NY A439 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Expands forced detainment and treatment to include vaccine preventable diseases
NY A2469 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Allows health care practitioners to administer HPV/Hep B Vaccines to minors without parental consent
NY A738 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Mandates vaccines for employees working in children's camps
NY A933 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Mandates HPV Vaccine
NY S44 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Makes changes to existing law concerning reporting of adult vaccines
NY S163 7/7/2017 SUPPORT Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Strengthens and expands existing medical exemptions to vaccination
NY S601 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Requires a mandatory protocol be established for all children's religious belief exemptions
NY S570 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Allows pharmacist to administer flu vaccines to children 9 years and older
NY A680 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Allows detention of individuals and groups posing a public health threat
NY S52, A1810 7/7/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination
NY S132 1/4/2017 OPPOSE Failed to move in the 2017 legislative session Mandates HPV Vaccine
OH HB 193 9/20/2017 SUPPORT Re-referred to House Health Committee on 9/19/2017 Provides protections for employees who refuse a flu vaccination
OK SB 1123 2/19/2018 OPPOSE Scheduled to be Heard in Senate HHS Committee 2/19/2018 room 535 after session Eliminates all exemptions to vaccination exept for restrictive medical
OK HB 2624 2/19/2018 SUPPORT Scheduled for a hearing in House Public Health Committee 2/20/2018 Provides religious belief exemptions to required vaccines for employees of health care facilities
OK SB 1220/HB 3288 2/19/2018 OPPOSE Hearing Senate HHS Committee 2/19/2018 after session room 535 Requires assisted living centers to annually provide flu information to residents
OK SB 1432 2/8/2018 SUPPORT Referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 2/6/2018 Removes ability of Dept. of Human Services to vaccinate children in protective custody
OK SB 1551 2/8/2018 SUPPORT Referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 2/6/2018 Enacts the Parental Rights Immunization Act
OK HB 3442 2/8/2018 SUPPORT Referred to House Judiciary Committee on 2/6/2018 Allows exemptions for children in Kinship and foster care homes
OK HB 2684 2/8/2018 SUPPORT Referred to the Rules Committee on 2/6/2018 Requires written consent at the time of vaccination before a newborn infant can be vaccinated
OK HB 2623 2/8/2018 SUPPORT Referred to House Common Education Committee on 2/6/2018 Requires legislative approval for changes to the list of vaccines required for school
OK HB 2627 2/8/2018 WATCH Referred to House Banking and Business Committee on 2/6/2018 Allows employers to adopt resonable alternative policies to flu vaccine requirements
OK SJR 57 2/8/2018 OPPOSE Introduced 1/17/2018 and referred to Rules Committee on 2/6/2018 Senate resolution to put eliminating all non medical exemptions on the next general election ballot
OR HB 4157 2/8/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 2/8/2018 and referred to House Committee on Health Care Mandates meningitis vaccines for 10 and 11 year olds
PA HB 2037 1/30/2018 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Education Committee on 1/25/2018 Requires schools to give vaccine exemption information to parents
PA SB 217 4/5/2017 OPPOSE Not moving at this time Eliminates exemptions for strong moral and ethical convictions
RI H 7686 2/15/2018 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee on 2/15/2018 Establishes a personal and philosophical exemption to vaccination
RI HB 7569 2/12/2018 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the House Health, Education and Welfar Committee on 2/9/2018 Requires all hospitals to offer flu vaccines to all patients 65 and older before discharge
RI H 7576 2/10/2018 SUPPORT Introduced on 2/9/2018 and referred to the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee Allows parents and individuals to decline vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases
TN HB 2488/SB 2482 2/15/2018 SUPPORT HB 2488 scheduled to be heard by the Health Subcommittee on 2/21; SB 2482 put on calendar for 2/21 Requires vaccine providers give information on vaccine ingredients, side affects and VAERS
US H.R. 1313 12/26/2017 OPPOSE Reported out of the Committee on Education and the Workforce Forcing Vaccination in Employee "Wellness" Programs
US H.R. 1215 7/19/2017 OPPOSE Passed the full house on 6/28/2017, in the senate Adding Even More Liability Shielding for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths
VA HB 644 2/1/2018 OPPOSE Died in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Sub Committee #3 Mandates Meningitis Vaccine for students before entering 6th grade
VT H247 6/19/2017 SUPPORT In House Health Care Committee for 2018 session Requires the Dept. of Health to submit reports to the General Assembly on adverse vaccine reactions
WA HB 2090 1/8/2018 SUPPORT By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status 1/8/2018 Requires reviewing full health history & the package insert for the vaccine before administration
WA HB 2092 1/8/2018 SUPPORT By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status 1/8/2018 Clarifies what the health dept. can and can't put on an exemption form, removes restrictive language
WA HB 1432/SB 5353 7/19/2017 OPPOSE HB1432/SB 5353 by resolution, reintroduced and retained in their present status on 6/21/2017 Expands and funds public health services
WI AB 680/SB 576 12/1/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children under 6 years old
WI SB 567/AB 657 11/28/2017 OPPOSE Introduced and referred to Senate and Assembly Health Committees Forbids the state from requiring information not defined as medically accurate be given to patients
WV SB 318/HB 4581 2/13/2018 OPPOSE Introduced on 1/18/18 and 2/13/18 and referred to Senate/House Health and Human Resources Committee Forces all healthcare workers to get a flu shot every year
WV HB 2945/SB 330 1/21/2018 SUPPORT Introduced and referred to Health and Human Resources then Judiciary on 1/10/2018 Establishes religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination for students and employees

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