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2011 Senate Bill 5005: Certification of exemption from immunization
Introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser (Kent) (D) on January 10, 2011 To broaden the authority to furnish a certificate to exempt a child from immunization from licensed physicians to other health care practitioners, such as naturopaths, or physicians assistants. Requires that the certification must include a statement stating that the health care practitioners provided the parent or guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization (Companion: HB 1015).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee on January 10, 2011
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 20, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. James Hargrove (Hoquiam) (D) on February 22, 2011 To clarify that the disclosure statement addresses the benefits and risks of the immunization to the child.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 22, 2011
Passed 35 to 11 in the Senate on February 22, 2011 To broaden the authority to furnish a certificate to exempt a child from immunization from licensed physicians to other health care practitioners, such as naturopaths, or physicians assistants. Requires that the certification must include a statement stating that the health care practitioners provided the parent or guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization to the child.
Received in the House on February 23, 2011
Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 23, 2011
Amendment offered in the House on March 16, 2011 To provide liability protection to health care practitioners who, in good faith, sign the immunization exemption forms stating that immunization information on the benefits and risks to the child has been provided to the parent or legal guardian. The amendment also allows a health care practitioner to sign the form stating that immunization information on the benefits and risks to the child has been provided to the parent or legal guardian at any time prior to the enrollment of the child in a school or licensed day care and allows photocopies of the form or a letter referencing the child's name to be accepted in lieu of the original form. The bill also excuses any parent who is exempting a child from immunization because of religious beliefs from the requirement to have the form signed by a health care practitioner, if the parent demonstrates membership in a religious body or church in which the religious beliefs or teachings preclude a health care practitioner from providing medical treatment to the child.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 16, 2011
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 21, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Hinkle, (R-Cle Elum) (R) on March 25, 2011 Would clarify requirements and obligations for providing exemptions under the law, including changes to the forms and use of notary.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 25, 2011
Passed 66 to 29 in the House on March 25, 2011 To require the form used to exempt a child from school immunizations to include a statement, to be signed by a health care practitioner, that immunization information on the benefits and risks to the child has been provided to the parent or legal guardian.
Received in the Senate on April 21, 2011 Senate concurred with the House amendments.
Passed 34 to 12 in the Senate on April 21, 2011
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 10, 2011

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