HB19-1312, a school immunization requirements bill that passed a Colorado Senate committee after hours of public testimony, basically died yesterday when the Senate Majority Leader laid the measure’s second reading over until Friday. Because it was “laid over” it won’t be able to face a third reading or final Senate vote before the end of the 2019 legislative session today.
- The bill would have made it more difficult for parents to opt out of required immunizations for their kids.1
- Would have required the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop a standardized form and application process for people to claim a medical, religious or personal belief exemption from certain immunizations.1
- Would have required educational materials be handed out at health care facilities.1
- And would have created more steps for parents to exempt their children from vaccines.1
According to the CDC, Colorado has one of the worst kindergarten vaccination rates in the country at just 88% for diseases like measles, mumps, and chicken pox.
Gov. Jared Polis had previously expressed “concerns about a portion of the bill that would have required parents to apply for exemptions in person at a local or state health department, saying that could hinder the abilities to seek an exemption for lower-income families.”1