Maine LD 471: An Act To Improve Childhood Vaccination Rates in Maine

LD 471 (subjects: SCHOOL POLICIES , ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=471&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support | In The News


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Linda Sanborn of Gorham: (D – District 26) — e-mail | Facebook

10 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/24/2015 House Committee on Health and Human Services suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/24/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending REFERENCE , in concurrence.
2/26/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
3/3/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES , in concurrence.
6/16/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative GATTINE of Westbrook, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 260
(Yeas 93 – Nays 53 – Absent 5 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-426) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-426).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/17/2015 Senate Reports READ
motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin to accept The Minority Ought Not To Pass Report FAILED Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 272 13 Yeas – 22 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent Subsequently, The Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence. Committee Amendment “A” (H-426) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-426) , in concurrence.
6/18/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/18/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 455V
83 having voted in the affirmative and 49 in the negative, with 19 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 471 as originally introduced. L.D. 471 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-426) .

An Act To Improve Childhood Vaccination Rates in Maine

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 6355, sub- 3, as amended by PL 2001, c. 326, 2, is further amended to read:

3. Philosophical or religious exemption. The parent states in writing a sincere religious belief that is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter or an opposition to the immunization for philosophical reasons. The parent seeking a philosophical exemption must include with the statement written documentation signed by a health care practitioner verifying that the health care practitioner has reviewed with the parent information about the risks and benefits of immunization that is consistent with information published by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The written documentation must be signed by the health care practitioner prior to the enrollment of the child in a school.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 6359, sub- 3, B, as amended by PL 2001, c. 326, 6, is further amended to read:

B. The student or the parent, if the student is a minor, states in writing a sincere religious belief , which that is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter or an opposition to the immunization for philosophical reasons. The parent seeking a philosophical exemption must include with the statement written documentation signed by a health care practitioner verifying that the health care practitioner has reviewed with the parent information about the risks and benefits of immunization that is consistent with information published by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The written documentation must be signed by the health care practitioner prior to the enrollment of the child in a school.

Sec. 3. Department of Health and Human Services to amend day care facility rules. The Department of Health and Human Services shall amend its rules regarding immunization of children in licensed day care facilities to require a parent or guardian seeking a philosophical exemption to routine childhood vaccination to present prior to enrollment written documentation signed by a health care practitioner verifying that the health care practitioner has reviewed with the parent or guardian information about the risks and benefits of immunization that is consistent with information published by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rules amended pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

summary

This bill requires a parent or guardian who is seeking a philosophical exemption to routine childhood vaccination when enrolling a child in school or a licensed day care facility to present written documentation signed by a health care practitioner that the health care practitioner has reviewed with the parent information about the risks and benefits of immunization that is consistent with information published by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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