These state bills need our support:
Oppose: Indiana SB 162 – Hospital Immunization of Employees
The original bill language protecting choice was deleted in Senate Committee! The bill is on its way to the House and now threatens employees and infringes on the right of employees to decline high risk vaccines, and it puts the hospital in charge if determining whether an employee can have an exemption and whether the employee is abiding by religious tenants worthy of a vaccine exemption!
Support: Virginia – HB562 – Licensure of Massage Therapists
We have worked with the patron of the bill, Delegate Robinson and the Massage Therapists officers in Virginia and included exemption language provided by Diane Miller that protects natural health folks from the original language of this bill. The amended bill with our exemption included has passed the House and will crossover to the Senate in a few days. We support this bill as amended and will work to get it through the Senate and signed by the Governor.
Support: Virginia – HB1342 – a bill to eliminate the religious exemption for vaccines in Virginia.This is a particularly dangerous bill. We were able in a short time to rally opposition to this bill and it has been stricken for this year. However, it was agreed to send a request to the Virginia Joint Commission on Healthcare to study ‘vaccines in Virginia’. We have not seen the letter yet so we do not know the actual request or scope the study will include. The study will occur sometime this summer and/or fall with a report going back to the General Assembly in 2017. We need to win this one and have included members of the Home Schoolers Association and the National Vaccine Information Center to support our efforts.