'Kansas Lawmakers Attempt One More Bite at Anti-Vaccination Apple'
This week Republican House and Senate negotiators made a fresh attempt to cobble together a bill restraining power of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and county health officials to issue public mandates in response to spread of infectious disease.
The proposed deal — both Democrats on the six-person negotiating committee said they wouldn’t vote for it — would drop a Senate GOP plan to exempt businesses, schools and childcare facilities from routine vaccination regulations and end the policy of vaccinating college dormitory students for meningitis.
Our Executive Director, Tracy Russell, is quoted throughout this Kansas Reflector article on both the content of the anti-vaccination legislation as well as the legislative process to try and push reform at the Capitol.
“None of the components of the (Senate) bill received a hearing in the House and ultimately the conference committee does not include conferees from the House health committee, sidestepping potential opposition to this legislation,” Russell said.
She said the Legislature should vote down anti-vaccination bills that ignored the majority of Kansans committed to protecting the public from preventable disease.
“Why would we jeopardize a fundamental expectation that our government will protect us from disease? Where is the clamor for this action?” Russell said. “Make no mistake, if approved, this will galvanize continued attempts to eliminate required vaccination, putting our children and the vulnerable at risk.”