Maine LD 606: An Act To Remove the Philosophical Exemption from the Immunization Requirements for School Students and Employees of Nursery Schools and Health Care Facilities

LD 606 (subjects: SCHOOL POLICIES , ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=606&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Ralph Tucker of Brunswick: (D – District 50) — e-mail | Facebook

3 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 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.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin, REFERRED to the Committee on Health and Human Services, in concurrence.
5/29/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Remove the Philosophical Exemption from the Immunization Requirements for School Students and Employees of Nursery Schools and Health Care Facilities

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. 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.

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 is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter or an opposition to the immunization for philosophical reasons.

Sec. 3. 22 MRSA 802, sub- 4-B, B, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 185, 2, is amended to read:

B. A religious or philosophical exemption is available to an employee who states in writing a sincere religious or philosophical belief that is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter.

Sec. 4. 22 MRSA 8402, sub- 3, A, as amended by PL 2001, c. 645, 10, is further amended to read:

A. The department shall adopt rules regarding the health of staff as required to protect the health and safety of the children. The rules must include a requirement that every 2 years each licensee, administrator or other staff member of the nursery school who provides care for children be declared free from communicable disease by a licensed physician, except that this requirement may be waived for a person who objects on the grounds of sincerely held religious or philosophical belief. Rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter II-A 2-A.

Sec. 5. Rules. The Department of Health and Human Services shall amend its rules to remove any rules exempting persons from immunization requirements because of their philosophical beliefs. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

SUMMARY

Current law allows exemptions because of a person’s philosophical beliefs from immunization requirements for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions because of philosophical beliefs from its rules.

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1 Comment on "Maine LD 606: An Act To Remove the Philosophical Exemption from the Immunization Requirements for School Students and Employees of Nursery Schools and Health Care Facilities"

  1. I want to express that I am vehemently against any future measures that would make it more difficult to obtain a vaccine waiver for school attendance, would eliminate philosophical or religious exemptions, would cut welfare benefits for unvaccinated children, or any other measures which discriminates against families who choose to delay or decline vaccines.
    With risk there must be choice. Anyone who can google VAERS data or vaccine court compensation data must admit that the risks of vaccination are real.
    Delayed and non-vax parents pay school taxes just like everyone, and their kids are entitled to a public education. There are kids with HIV, Heb B, and various other diseases that are allowed in school, but some people are afraid of a child who may have opted out of one vaccine. Doesn’t make a bit of sense. If the vaccines work, what are they afraid of…probably that they don’t.
    If forced vaccines is passed for children, it will soon be mandatory for all the workers, and all adults. I say lets see all the government officials stand in line for the 49 doses of 14 vaccines that the CDC recommends for the age of 6. Bet most wouldn’t do it, but expect little ones to comply.
    My kids were vaccinated, but there was only a handful of vaccines back then. Now, there are dozens and dozens by the time a kids graduates from school. With so many toxic ingredients in the vaccines, it no wonder that parents, and grandparents like me, are afraid of them. Other diseases like cancer, adhd, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, asthma. allergies, etc. are on the rise in children, as the number of vaccines required are on the rise. There are scientists, doctors,(mine included) and studies affirming the adverse reactions, even so the CDC and big pharma are mostly ignoring it.
    Have you seen a baby scream all night, arch his back, shake, stiffen up, have a high fever all after given vaccines? I have, it is terrifying. Some recover, some don’t. With risk, there must be choice and accountability.
    Thank you,
    Mrs. Allor

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